Ayn Rand Newly Popular

As evidenced by a recent spurt in book sales:

Rand book sales are “going through the roof,” said Yaron Brook, the president of the Ayn Rand Institute. According to Brook, “Atlas Shrugged,” her most famous novel, has sold more copies in the first four months of 2009 than it did for all of 2008 — and in 2008, it sold 200,000 copies. It’s been in Amazon.com’s top 50 for more than a month. Not bad for a 1,100-page doorstop of a book that came out in 1957, by an author who died in 1982.

Rand’s Objectivist brand of free market libertarianism has been getting more attention recently, thanks to the current depression:

“If only ‘Atlas’ were required reading for every member of Congress and political appointee in the Obama administration. I’m confident that we’d get out of the current financial mess a lot faster,” Wall Street Journal columnist Stephen Moore wrote in early January…

“So many people see the parallels with actually what’s going on, with the government taking over the banks, with the government kind of taking over the automobile industry, a president who fires the CEO of a major American corporation. These are the kind of things that come out of ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ ” Brook said.

Read the rest of CNN‘s report here, learn about the possible upcoming movie of Atlas Shrugged here, and if you’ve been living under a rock somewhere and haven’t read the book yet yourself, get it here.

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