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Anthem

Author: Ayn Rand

Year Published: 1937

What Others are Saying:

  • To be clear, I feel strongly that this book should NOT be included in any list of "Books That Shaped Work in America." Literary critics have never entertained Ayn Rand seriously as a writer, and this juvenile paean to egotism and selfishness isn't even one of her more popular books. Moreover, I find it bizarre and inappropriate that the Department of Labor would celebrate a book written by a radical libertarian who vocally opposed almost all of the labor laws currently enforced by the Department, including the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In light of Ms. Rand's reactionary political views, we can be thankful that Anthem hasn't "shaped" much of anything.


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