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post #166 of 174
Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
How can you have read Nietzsche and Camus and still think highly of Rand??? WTF!!!!

Rand's philosophy has its strengths and weaknesses, much like anything else.

Besides, the question was about which books in my life were the most powerful and meaningful, not which I happen to agree with the most. Atlas Shrugged, without a doubt, qualifies for this list; I read it as a freshman in high school, and (along with a number of my friends) was a hardcore objectivist for most of the next four years. Rand's ethics still hold some allure to me.
post #167 of 174
Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22 Joseph Heller
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money John Maynard Keynes
1984 George Orwell
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Originally Posted by Jude Law View Post
why not?

Because the majority of those who follow Ayn Rand's philosophy fail to realize that the opportunities in our society are afforded, in large part, to governtment institutions and taxes, and that they do not make every dollar entirely by themselves. For instance, government funding in basic research over the past century has allowed us to enjoy the fruits of technological and scientific progress, from MRI machines, lasers, computers to the Internet.
post #168 of 174
Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post
He's a good writer? You don't even need to agree with him...

Well, okay....
post #169 of 174
Catcher in the Rye
Great Expectations
Moby Dick
Of Mice & Men
The Bible
Sex Kittens Go to College
post #170 of 174
As an excuse to boost my post count:

The Fixer Malamud
The Stranger Camus
Of Grammatology Derrida
Lolita Nabokov
Japan's Modern Myths Gluck
Undoing Gender Butler

I just realized what a passionless human being I am...
post #171 of 174
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Crying of Lot 49 Thomas Pynchon
The Corrections Jonathan Franzen
The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
Barbarians at the Gates Bryan Burrough and John Helyar
King of the World David Remnick
post #172 of 174
Brave New World
Into Thin Air
Atlas Shrugged
The Fountainhead
A Brief History of Time
These are the top six in my list.
post #173 of 174
Near impossible to narrow down to 6, but I like these a lot and come back to them often: The Count of Monte Cristo - Dumas The Castle - Kafka One day in the life of Ivan Denisovitch - Solzhenitsyn The Mismeasure of Man - Stephen Jay Gould Neuromancer - Gibson The Remains of the Day - Ishiguro
post #174 of 174
Lord of the Flies
A Brief History of Time
Elegant Universe
Divine Comedy
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