Free Objectivist Books for Students

Jason Crawford, of The Rational Egoist opened a website: http://freeobjectivistbooks.org/ aimed at providing to young creative minds with the opportunity of receiving Free Philosophy books.  The books are non-fiction and fiction and all are related to Objectivism, the Philosophy of Ayn Rand.

I invite you to apply for a book and take advantage of such a wonderful opportunity!  Sign up today to get a free book, or to donate books to eager readers! And feel free to pass this on to a friend, forward it to a mailing list, or post it on a relevant board or group.


The burning of a Library in Egypt and the Philosophy behind it

The damnation of this earth as a realm where nothing is possible to man but pain, disaster and defeat, a realm inferior to another, “higher,” reality; the damnation of all values, enjoyment, achievement and success on earth as a proof of depravity; the damnation of man’s mind as a source of pride, and the damnation of reason as a “limited,” deceptive, unreliable, impotent faculty, incapable of perceiving the “real” reality and the “true” truth; the split of man in two, setting his consciousness (his soul) against his body, and his moral values against his own interest; the damnation of man’s nature, body and self as evil; the commandment of self-sacrifice, renunciation, suffering, obedience, humility and faith, as the good; the damnation of life and the worship of death, with the promise of rewards beyond the grave—these are the necessary tenets of the [mystic’s] view of existence, as they have been in every variant of [mystical] philosophy throughout the course of mankind’s history. Ayn Rand

Yesterday December 17, 2011 during conflicts between some Egyptian protests, the Egyptian Scientific Institute which established in 1798 by Napolean Bonaparte was burned. The Egyptian Scientific Institute was the oldest scientific institute in Egypt and Middle East at all. It has the most rich and rare library in Egypt.

Eyewitnesses were reported to have seen protestors throwing a Molotov cocktail at stone-throwing soldiers at the Shura Council building, but the projectile missed the intended target and instead landed in the Egyptian Scientific Institute.

The library contains about 40.000 items of rare books and manuscripts, however it has unvaluable items, like:

  •  The original copy of the french book “Description de l’Egypte”
  • Atlas of Old Indian arts.
  • German atlas about Egypt and Ethiopia, 1842.
  • “Egypt: the mother of the world”, 1753.

Professor Mahmoud al-Shernoby, the general secretary of the institute, told state TV in a phone interview that the damage is a “great loss” to Egypt and that those “who caused this disaster showed be punished.”

Photos about burning the Egyptian Scientific Institute:

Book Recommendation: The Art of Nonfiction Writing

The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Writing a 15-page essay is difficult; writing a 15-page publishable paper is even more difficult. But writing a 15-page essay that is publishable and consistent in all its content is a masterpiece.

As difficult as to writing so many pages is to write a single paragraph that is structured in a readable, rational and valuable way.  By readable I mean that is grammatically correct. By rational I mean that its sentences are all logical, valid and non-contradictory. By  valuable I mean that achieves the goal of informing and adding value for the specific target of people for whom you are writing.

To learn how to do this and continue perfecting the “art” of writing I went through a course a year ago that used the book “The Art of Nonfiction Writing. A Guide for Writers and Readers” written by Ayn Rand as the main literature. The book is a magnificent tool that analysis different steps of the Writing Process by dealing it as an “ability to create quality nonfiction; a skill that can be learned like any other.”

Amazon’s Best Books for December

Christmas is almost here and many of you are getting ready to go out traveling on holidays.  I will be studying and writing essays until the days before Christmas and won’t have much time to read a nice novel.

Nonetheless, I found this list of Book Recommendations from Amazon that may be interesting for those of you looking for fiction book recommendations. I am already planning to buy one of the books from the list.  I already read Bolano’s “The Third Reich” and strongly recommend it!

Best Books of the Month
Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil by Tom Mueller
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano
Hardcover  |  Author page
Alexander Girard by Todd Oldham
Hardcover  |  Author page
420 Characters by Lou Beach
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Drop by Michael Connelly
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand 
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Hardcover  |  Kindle book
The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Hardcover  |  Author page
The Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
Hardcover  |  Kindle book

Amazon’s top 10 History Books of 2011

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's BerlinLost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War IICatherine the Great: Portrait of a WomanThe Greater Journey: Americans in ParisA History of the World in 100 Objects

The Best Books of 2011

Save up to 40% on our editors’ picks for the top 100 best books of the year, plus year-end top 10s in over two dozen categories

So many books. So many choices. It’s not easy putting together a list of the year’s best books, but we’ve held many meetings and votes, we’ve pored over the books and occasionally poured our hearts out to get you this final Top 100. For every book on the list, there has been an impassioned plea and an argument made–so don’t just look at the Top 10 or 20. There are great books all up and down the Top 100 list. One of them might be the perfect read for you.


The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean
Radioactivity: A History of a Mysterious ScienceDestiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

The Longest War: The Enduring Conflict between America and Al-Qaeda1861: The Civil War Awakening


Books that Built the Austro-Libertarian Movement

The Framework
These are the books that built the austro-libertarian movement as we know it – all available in the perfect size and for the right price. There was a time when a month’s salary couldn’t acquire these books – if you could find them. And then they were also huge and unwieldy. We’ve fixed that with these brilliant and fun pocket editions.

Friday Book Review: “1493” by Charles C. Mann

Reviewed by Marek Kohn, Financial Times

“In hindsight, 1492 might have been a good point at which to reset the calendar. Traditionally, the year in which Columbus discovered America is seen as the moment Europe began to shape a New World. Today it looks more like the start of a process that has stitched the drifting continents back together: 1492 was the Year Zero of globalisation, and 1493 was Year One.”

Read More: “1493” – book review at FT.com