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Baker & Taylor
Equality 7-2521 dares to defy the ideals of collectivism in a futuristic state

Blackwell North Amer
Ayn Rand’s classic tale of a dystopian future of the great “We”—a world that deprives individuals of a name or independence—that anticipates her later masterpieces, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.

They existed only to serve the state. They were conceived in controlled Palaces of Mating. They died in the Home of the Useless. From cradle to grave, the crowd was one—the great WE.

In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization, he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: He had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. He had rediscovered the lost and holy word—I.

“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.”—Ayn Rand

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In a chilling future world in which all individuality has been crushed, one man, Equality 7-2521, dares to defy the ideals of collectivism by making personal choices, seeking forbidden knowledge, and loving the woman of his choice, in a special centennial edition of the classic novel. Reissue.

Publisher: New York : Signet, 1995
Edition: 50th anniversary ed.
ISBN: 9780451191137
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK Classics Ran
Characteristics: 253 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Peikoff, Leonard


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May 23, 2018

some interesting articles about the author:
“The right’s Ayn Rand hypocrisy: Why their “religious” posture is a total sham – Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed”
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, posted February 28, 2014, at Salon
“Ayn Rand Argues That Believing in God Is an Insult to Reason on The Phil Donahue Show (Circa 1979)”
posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, November 19, 2010, at
Open Culture : The best free cutural & educational media on the web
“Ayn Rand: Conservatives' Abortion-Rights, Anti-Religion Inspiration”
by Frank James, posted November 14, 2011, at NPR

Jun 16, 2016

I love the way this story ends. In my opinion it's better than The Giver by Lois Lowry.

Apr 30, 2016

This interesting story is a good place to begin exploring Rand's ideas and work, and it's appropriate to do so given contemporary politics. The usual hateful, totalitarian suspects are resurgent under their old rubric, "Progressivism", and, true to their nature, they are striving to criminalize and to smother all dissident thought and speech. This shows that Anthem remains relevant to culture and American politics, and this in spite of Rand's mistaken notions about greed as expressed in later works.

Mar 25, 2014

It is a simple read w/ a simple message.

Dec 30, 2013

I picked 'Anthem' to get a feel for Rand's work before commiting to something as hefty as 'Atlas Shrugged'. I'm now delving into 'The Romantic Manifesto' and 'Shrugged'.
I really enjoyed this book but could be biased as I'm a huge fan of dystopian works.

I first heard of Rand while watching a BBC documentary called 'Watched Over By Machines of Loving Kindness' and became interested in this controversial woman and her work. A definite must-see if you're into this kind of stuff and the effect it has on society.

NanoEagle19 Jun 08, 2012

Most people complain that the we is confusing, wich I agree is very true. I am surprised I never heard of this book before. However, let's not let that take away from Rand's underlying mesage: Identity. In an age of technology we lose our identities wanting to be like the biggest celeb or the most popular artist. Yet, what if it goes to this extreme? Unlikely but we are kind of going there. And the other thing, we are living the opposite nightmare: egotisticity. Not sure that's a word... But the writing did get a little confusing, and the ending was ehhh. So my rating remains at a humble 4 stars.

Aug 10, 2011

I struggled to get thru this one, but my very good friend recommended it so I made myself finish it. The last chapter is probably the best chapter I have ever read in any book, ever

Jul 05, 2011

Although the book was hard to slip into at first, if you can imagine you're living in the 1940s, this book is thrilling with subtle intimate moments. It is short and sweet, but be warned that you are about to read a 65-year-old book. Some may feel that the ideas expressed here are old, obsolete, and almost cliché. However, if you've never read any book like this, I recommend this one.


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sithier Jul 17, 2014

i liked how the book was set up and the story line but it wasnt really my type of book


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