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Ayn Rand
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March 1 2002 1565115481 978-1565115484 Unabridged
Anthem is a dystopian fiction novella by Ayn Rand, first published in 1938. It takes place at some unspecified future date when mankind has entered another dark age.
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Rand's dark portrait of the future was first released in England in 1938 and reedited for publication in the United States in 1946. This 50th-anniversary edition includes a scholarly introduction and a facsimile of the original British version, which bears Rand's handwritten alterations for its American debut.
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"Rand''s dark portrait of the future was first released in England in 1938 and reedited for publication in the United States in 1946. This 50th-anniversary edition includes a scholarly introduction and a facsimile of the original British version, which bears Rand''s handwritten alterations for its American debut."—Library Journal
(Library Journal)

"In her usage of the English language she combines clarity of expression with prose of poetic grace. Here, indeed, is an anthem-an anthem, not in the idiom of music, but in the more difficult medium of words alone. This is the most beautiful, the most inspiring novel this reviewer has ever read. It is an ethical and philosophical rather than a religious dedication to freedom and the individual."—Joan DeArmond, Fact Forum News
(Joan DeArmond Fact Forum News)

"Reading this inspired little story is a rewarding and satisfying experienc (All-American Books)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We hold these truths to be self evident... July 16 2010
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Equality 7-2521 who speaks of himself in the first person plural makes a few discoveries that lead him to rethink the nature and purpose of man.

I will not go through this short story blow by blow, as the fun in this book is to discover what Equality 7-2521 discovers. Would you draw the same conclusion or follow the same course? You will find yourself kibitzing and cringing.

"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." (Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5)

For the person that is new to Ayn Rand this is as good place to start, as any and it will be an eye opener. If you have the time to read "Atlas Shrugged" the concepts, thoughts, and speeches are more complete.

Pro or con, you cannot afford to pass this book. You may be surprised to find that you are surrounded by Objectivists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unknown gem July 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read THE FOUNTAINHEAD and ATLAS SHRUGGED many, many years ago, and having both those books completely change my life, I wanted to see what ANTHEM was all about. One often fears that a great writer has "used up" their energy and creativity in their major opus, and this was my hesitation in coming to this book. But my fears were unfounded, for ANTEHM is just as good as anything else Rand has written. The characters are as deep and complex as they are in her other works, and as usual, she has a powerful message. While I tend to stick with a good page-turner like THE DA VINCI CODE or THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD, I do occasionally go back to what I term "classical" writers. ANTHEM is one book that Rand fans must read. Shorter and less heavy than FOUNTAINHEAD or ATLAS, this makes for a great summer read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this edition June 26 2000
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Format:Hardcover
Leonard Peikoff doesn't want you to know this, but the U.S. version of this novella has been in the public domain since 1974 - that's why he padded this edition with a marked-up version of the British text (so he could copyright it). You can read ANTHEM online for free if you know where to look.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We hold these truths to be self evident... Oct. 22 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Equality 7-2521 who speaks of himself in the first person plural makes a few discoveries that lead him to rethink the nature and purpose of man.

I will not go through this short story blow by blow, as the fun in this book is to discover what Equality 7-2521 discovers. Would you draw the same conclusion or follow the same course? You will find yourself kibitzing and cringing.

"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." (Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5)

For the person that is new to Ayn Rand this is as good place to start, as any and it will be an eye opener. If you have the time to read "Atlas Shrugged" the concepts, thoughts, and speeches are more complete.

Pro or con, you cannot afford to pass this book. You may be surprised to find that you are surrounded by Objectivists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We hold these truths to be self evident... Oct. 10 2013
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Equality 7-2521 who speaks of himself in the first person plural makes a few discoveries that lead him to rethink the nature and purpose of man.

I will not go through this short story blow by blow, as the fun in this book is to discover what Equality 7-2521 discovers. Would you draw the same conclusion or follow the same course? You will find yourself kibitzing and cringing.

"You are what your deep, driving desire is. As your desire is, so is your will. As your will is, so is your deed. As your deed is, so is your destiny." (Brihadaranyaka IV.4.5)

For the person that is new to Ayn Rand this is as good place to start, as any and it will be an eye opener. If you have the time to read "Atlas Shrugged" the concepts, thoughts, and speeches are more complete.

Pro or con, you cannot afford to pass this book. You may be surprised to find that you are surrounded by Objectivists.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Power, Short, Dystopian Story May 17 2007
Format:Paperback
Ayn Rand delivers this brief didactic story in a powerful way. It is short, but sharp. It clearly and quickly brings across its point. It reveals the philosophy of objectivism.

I don't totally agree with the philosophy evident in this novel. However, I do find many good things about it, so I do feel there is a great of value in this novel. It has value in that it attacks collectivism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good, Quick Read Jan. 28 2011
Format:Paperback
I enjoy reading dystopian novels. I thought this novella was very good and with only 56 pages was short and a fast read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Be free of the masses June 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The story may not have impacted me as much because I have read Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead but it makes for an interesting introduction into Rand's thoughts about extreme individualism and totalitarian governments. At a little over a hundred pages, this may be the best book to start with if Ayn Rand catches your interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I am. I Think. I will..... I AM A MAN!
Be positively uplifted by the power, glory and beauty in this fantasic book written by Ayn Rand.
In the society of today, man is treaten like a slave more and more everyday. Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Sesquiltera
5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand made sense
Anthem by Ayn Rand is by far the best book by hers that I've read in a long time. I have several of her other books already and have gone so far as to underline the most... Read more
Published on May 2 2004 by Miss Gadget
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst book I've read in my life
This is far and away the worst book that I've read cover-to-cover in my life. It purports to demonstrate the "logical outcome" of collectivism, and fails miserably at... Read more
Published on May 1 2004 by Alan Ward
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Anthem, by Ayn Rand, is a futuristic, political novel supposed to represent the outcome of a world overrun by communism; though quite brief, the book sends a very clear,... Read more
Published on April 13 2004 by savannah
4.0 out of 5 stars An indictment of the socialists who want to think for us.
I'm not an Objectivist by any means, mainly because I'm a Christian, which puts me completely at odds with one of Objectivism's six major tenets. Read more
Published on April 6 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars An Exercise in the Power of Man
Firstly, let me preface this review by saying that I am wholly stricken with Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy. Read more
Published on March 26 2004 by L. Berk
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