At work today I get an email asking me the question, “What is your all time favorite book and why”? It’s for an employee only newsletter that is sent out bi-monthly, so I didn’t want too spend much time on it. But man, what a hard question, how do you just pick one book?
After staring at my computer screen for a few minutes it hit me, Atlas Shrugged. This would have to be my all-time favorite, since it affected my life so much. The following is what I wrote for the newsletter:
My favorite book of all-time would have to be Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. The characters in the book are so memorable, if you talk to me long enough you will hear me make references to them all the time. If you have to know, Hank Rearden was my favorite character, followed closely by Francisco d’Anconia. The book has a lot of great action and drama, with just the right amount of romance and mystery to keep things interesting. I am going to have to stop myself here, I was about to dive in to the whole plot, but I am going to have to let you read this book for yourself. Since talking about it might spoil some key plot twists. If you want to learn more about this book and Ayn Rand you can find all the information you need at AynRand.org.
Do you like how I end it with a web link? What a nerd thing to do. I was going to end it with a shameless self plug to my own website on Objectivism, (TalkObjectivism.com). But then I figured I shouldn’t, having people at work know your political opinions I found is not a good idea.
While trying to find the correct spelling of the names of the characters I referenced, I found a great website, CliffsNotes.com. Now I know what your thinking, “Come on Mosley! You didn’t know about Cliffs Notes”? Well the answer to that question is yes I did know about the notes, I just didn’t know that they gave them away for free online.
It was a lot of fun reading through this and learning about the deep meanings of all the characters and key plot points. This makes me want to read this book again. There was so much I missed the first time.