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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Rev Exp edition (April 5 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451232690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451232694
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
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"As wonderfully exotic as only Eco can contrive . . . An astonishing intellectual journey."--San Francisco Chronicle

"A masterpiece . . . intellectually stimulating and dramatically intriguing."--Chicago Tribune
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Debi Ghate is Vice President of Academic Programs at the Ayn Rand Institute where she also serves as a corporate officer. Ghate is the senior director of the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship, a separate organization from ARI that supports scholarly work based on Ayn Rand's corpus. Richard A. Ralston is the publishing manager of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has been the circulation director and publisher of The Christian Science Monitor, a radio producer, a national television news business manager, and a book publisher. He was the revision editor of two books by Ayn Rand in 2005: THREE PLAYS and THE EARLY AYN RAND.

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HASH(0x9d422cc8) out of 5 stars A MORAL REVOLUTION! April 5 2011
By William Bucko - Published on Amazon.com
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Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" was a moral revolution, illustrating "a philosophy for living on earth." If human life is important, then we should glorify those who make life possible--the Thomas Edisons, Henry Fords and other creators, the businessmen who CREATE wealth (rather than seize it).

Yet today most intellectuals attack the very men and women who keep us alive.

This book explains WHY. It explodes the false ideas that underlie today's worship of omnipotent government: altruism, and the Marxist dogma that the source of wealth is men's muscles rather than their minds. And it gives businessmen an invaluable self-defense kit!

The contents:


Preface by Debi Ghate and Richard E. Ralston
Introduction by John Allison

Part 1: Do Businessmen Really Need Philosophy?

"Why Businessmen Need Philosophy," by Leonard Peikoff
"Philosophy: The Ultimate CEO," by Harry Binswanger
"Wealth is the product of man's capacity to think," by Ayn Rand (from Atlas Shrugged)
"The Businessmen's Crucial Role: Material Men of the Mind," by Debi Ghate
"The Money-Making Personality," by Ayn Rand

Part 2: Why is Business "Public Enemy #1"?

"America's Persecuted Minority," by Ayn Rand (From Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal)
"The Philosophical Origins of Antitrust," by John Ridpath
"The Morality of Moneylending: A Short History," by Yaron Brook
"Why Conservatives Can't Stop the Growth of the State," by Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein
"The Philosophy of Privation: Environmentalism Unveiled," by Peter Schwartz (from Return of the Primitive)
"Energy Privation: The Environmentalist Campaign Against Energy," by Keith Lockitch

Part 3: Doesn't Business Require Compromise?

"The Anatomy of Compromise," by Ayn Rand (From The Objectivist Newsletter)
"Why Should One Act on Principle?" by Leonard Peikoff

Part 4: A Defense for Businessmen

"Atlas Shrugged: America's Second Declaration of Independence," by Onkar Ghate
"An Answer for Businessmen," by Ayn Rand
"The Dollar and The Gun," by Harry Binswanger
"You're guilty of a great sin, Mr. Rearden," by Ayn Rand (from Atlas Shrugged)
"The Sanction of the Victims," by Ayn Rand (from The Voice of Reason)
"I work for nothing but my own profit," by Ayn Rand (from Atlas Shrugged)

Afterword: "Modern Management," by Ayn Rand (from The Ayn Rand Column)

Part 5: Additional Resources

About Ayn Rand
About Atlas Shrugged
Ayn Rand's Philosophy: Objectivism
The Morality of Capitalism
Ayn Rand's Fiction
Ayn Rand's Nonfiction

Part 6: About the Contributors

About the Contributors
About the Ayn Rand Institute
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HASH(0x9d1362b8) out of 5 stars This expanded edition is a bit of a mixed bag Jan. 22 2012
By Ash Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Its intended audience might find much of value in this book, if they can get past the first few chapters, which are of somewhat mixed quality (as is John Allison's introduction). And for some reason, the editors left out some of the best essays from the original edition (such as Binswanger's "'Buy American' is Un-American") and retained some of the weaker ones (such as Leonard Peikoff's, which is not his best work, though it is the title essay). To give credit where credit is due, however, the essays by Yaron Brook on the history and morality of money-lending and by Onkar Ghate on Atlas Shrugged as "America's Second Declaration of Independence" are excellent, as are those by Harry Binswanger, Keith Lockitch, and of course Ayn Rand. John Ridpath's and Peter Schwartz's contributions are also good.
HASH(0x9d136108) out of 5 stars Basic premises Oct. 27 2013
By Michael in Michigan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book for businessmen and women who are almost always under attack for being evil in some way. It provides a moral sanction for the activities of traders: the buying and selling of goods and services by voluntary exchange for mutual benefit and why this is such a morally good activity.

It also helps the businessman defend himself against the false morality of altruism: the morality of human sacrifice. It shows how the morality of sacrifice is opposed to the trader principle and how to defend oneself from the guilt producing effects of sacrifice.

I highly recommend this book to anyone in or contemplating going into business.
HASH(0x9d13660c) out of 5 stars ... to a refreshing and fundamental presentation of what is good about capitalism Oct. 9 2014
By Frederick - Published on Amazon.com
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This book treats the reader to a refreshing and fundamental presentation of what is good about capitalism. In this book you will learn that real capitalism – not today’s crony corporatism – has a sound philosophic underpinning and can be fairly described as the voluntary exchange of accomplishments. If you are in business – whether as an owner, investor or employee, you will see why capitalism is a profoundly moral way to engage in productive activity with other people.
HASH(0x9d1365dc) out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read This July 27 2013
By juzekcello - Published on Amazon.com
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Most of the problems in business result from people not having a philosophical foundation for their decisions, actions, and lives. People who distain capitalism and business in general need to read this book too to understand why capitalism is good. This book will give you a new outlook on the mechanism that keep our country buzzing.