Occom Bill wrote:
Of the 2 dozen or so people I know who've read it, only one, my sister, reported she didn't like it. ("it" being Rand's book Atlas Shrugged, T.)
You can make that two for 25 now. I did finish the book because I agree more with her politics than 95% of all other English-speakers, and I was curious why my fellow libertarians were so enthusiastic about her. But I didn't like the book; I didn't like her literary and intellectual style. Rand's prose follows, perhaps unintentionally, a literary tradition called Socialist Realism
. Of course, she turned the politics of that genre upside down, but that doesn't change my antipathy to the kind of prose she wrote.
For an exposure of a political philosophy similar to Rand's that I do like and respect, I recommend the early writings of the once over-hyped, now underestimated Herbert Spencer.
My own favorite philosopher? I'd have to roll a dice to decide between the following six philosophers: Locke, Hume, Smith, Mill, Popper, and Dennett.