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another book rec
« on: April 22, 2009, 11:12:54 AM »
this is an old one.  i read it probably 1st in high school, then again when i was older.  i just picked it up for a 3rd time and am about 1/2 way through it.  the book is in the same class as 1984, Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, etc.

  if you are into good fiction and want to see how to create a dystopian society, read these books and include this last. as it turns out, these works of fiction were prophetic.  this one is Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.  read it or read it again.  it's worth it.
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Re: another book rec
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2009, 12:22:11 PM »
I absolutely need to read this book, and I think I've got it upstairs somewhere, I'll have to go looking for it.

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Re: another book rec
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2009, 12:41:44 PM »
Here is a link to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal about "Atlas Shrugged".  It is called "Atlas Shrugged:  From Fiction to Fact in 52 Years".  http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123146363567166677.html

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Re: another book rec
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2009, 12:52:01 PM »
yup.  i may need anothr t-shirt.

http://shop.cafepress.com/ayn-rand
One could not learn history from architecture any more than one could learn it from books. Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets ? anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered. (1.8.85)

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Re: another book rec
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2009, 02:24:44 PM »
tshnc01, great Wall Street article.

There's a money guy on the radio around here (Brinker is his name, I think).  I always weigh the politics I'm hearing with the thoughts of money experts, it gives you a really good view of what's really going on. 

I've definitely got to read that book, my jaw is still on the floor with what I read in that article.  Heinlein is another prescient author.  Isn't it amazing that those fools in Washington are so predictable?

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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2009, 03:36:05 PM »
Reinbeau,

Yes, amazing and yet so disappointing. 

In case you do end up reading the book, be warned...The copy that I bought last fall was over 1000 pages of a tiny, tiny font....Definitely not a book you get through in a couple of days.

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2009, 04:20:01 PM »
you can do it on CD, or download it if your library offers that.  it is a long book!
One could not learn history from architecture any more than one could learn it from books. Statues, inscriptions, memorial stones, the names of streets ? anything that might throw light upon the past had been systematically altered. (1.8.85)

George Orwell  "1984"