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An easy read and insightful. You don't need to agree with Ayn Rand's ideology in order to enjoy the book. The q&a format makes it easy to skip around and ask yourself questions about topics you don't normally consider. It's a short "must read" if you want to get a broad view of Rand's opinions. This is also a good book for the purpose of "listening to others" without actually talking to that person.
This is a collection of questions and answers drawn from post-lecture Q & A sessions. Reads like a magazine interview (well, a 200 page interview) where a short question is followed by a short answer. Rand's ideas do not come across all that well in this "soundbite" form. (I should note that this a criticism of the Q & A format, not of Rand's philosophy.) There are a few interesting bits, like when she dresses down audience members who ask smart-assed questions or talks smack about public figure...
Even when circumstances beyond your control make you completely helpless existentially, you are still free intellectually and morally; and if youhang on to your moral conviction no matter what happens, you are saved, at least spiritually; that is ninety percent of the battle. [209:]
Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A Robert MayhewGoing in knowing zero about who Ayn Rand was. This series of interviews I found some interesting thought provoking, well founded common sense sone intense and some bordeline comedic and laugh out out loud and then some just insane and wonderful at the same time, after listening to this I wanted to know more so a bit of online research taught me a lot a Russian American immigrant and a true battler coming to America at the end of the roaring tw...
It is what it is: Ayn Rand's opinions on various matters from politics to literature, eloquently spoken and organized by categories.
Quote from the book:"To give up some freedom because of allegations about pollution is to give up your freedom of judgment, your freedom of production, your freedom to control your life. Those rights are morally inalienable. Even if the ecologists had some knowledge - which is singularly eloquently absent-it is still up to them to convince you; then you can obey voluntarily. Their superior knowledge would not give them the right to demand that we all give up our freedom."Wow just wow. Someone mu...
I learned quite a bit about Ayn Rand herself that I did not expect.Her philosophy is quite consistent with her personality.
A great compilation of the best of Ayn Rand's question and answer periods following her lectures.[return][return]Robert Mayhew's excellent editing organizes the questions and answers into chapters drawn around broad themes (e.g., politics, ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, and art), then into smaller sub-sections. This keeps the reading flowing, instead of jumping around from topic to topic almost at random as would occur in a live Q&A session.[return][return]While some of Ayn Rand's answers...
Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of her Q & A is a wonder selection of her answers to questions that anyone is just dying for answers. From politics, philosophy to arts, Rand answered every single question with succinct, witty and clear explanation. Oh Rand, you make me laugh~
The only problem with this book is that there are still so many questions that I'd like to ask Ayn Rand, especially about the world some 25 years after her death, the well-organzied and concise log of her responses just isn't enough to satiate me.
An easy read which is well organized and indexed. We're given exposure to some of Rand's less formally declared beliefs, notably about various artists and writers (some of whom are relatively obscure). A useful peak into the talks she gave, some in semi-private settings.
Great collection of Q and A with Ayn Rand! Gives the reader added insights and glimpses into the Objectivist philosophy. Really liked her advice to writers and her sense of humor.
If you are a fan of Ayn Rand and have read most of her books, then this book is a must-read. This helps to answer some questions that you still had after reading her nonfiction.
I wish she was here now......but her intellectual heirs are still fighting for rational values!
This book is awfully biased toward her views but it still explains a lot. I'd love to chat with her about this century and see if any of her staunch objectivism would change.