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Anthem

3 Ratings: 3.0
A book by Ayn Rand

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 … see full wiki

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Author: Ayn Rand
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Thrillers, Nonfiction
Publisher: Plume
3 reviews about Anthem
review by . October 31, 2010
We Are Lemmings Being Led By the Least of Us
 read this book for a graduate class in political philosophy.      Ayn Rand (1905-1982), in this book written in 1937, expertly refutes collectivists schemes; such as, Communism and Fascism and shows the utter peril that collectivism poses to individual freedom. One of my favorite historians, Lord Acton, warned us in the 19th century "that socialism is slavery."      This is a short novel about a man who escapes a society from which all individuality …
review by . July 24, 2010
A friend of mine demanded I read something by Ayn Rand. I looked and they were written in like the early-ish 1900s. This was the shortest one, so I decided why not. Wow. This was just weird and bad and bizarre. It was way too short for the story. And I think it could have been great. The concept was exceptionally well thought out, but it wasn't executed well. The story was too deep, yet too simplistic all at once. It was rushed, yet too slow. I'm not sure if my review makes any sense, but I think …
review by . May 22, 2006
Anthem is short novel (only 88 pages) foreshadowing what is to come in Rand's better known novels--Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead. Because this fictionalized work is brief and lacks the voluminous speeches found in the aforementioned novels (e.g. John Galt's speech in Atlas Shrugged), it's a more accessible work.    I've long wondered why mediocrity is so celebrated, with "tall poppies" often being cut down by the puveyors of the status quo. It is because of the "forbidden …
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