By Joseph Kellard
Thanks to a fellow subscriber of the Harry Binswanger List, I learned that Strand Bookstore in New York City, one my favorite bookstores – at least for atmosphere – is celebrating its 80th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, the store is conducting a poll in which its customers are invited to cast their votes for their all-time favorite five books. The results of the poll’s top 80 vote-getters will be released in October 2007, and those books will be sold in Strand and on its website.
Of course, my favorite books -- that is, those that changed my life the most for the better -- were all written by Ayn Rand. Here’s the order in which I voted: The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, Anthem, We The Living, and The Virtue of Selfishness.
So, like the Library of Congress poll during the 1990s on the most influential books, this another opportunity for Ayn Rand fans to promote the author and her ideas.