Semi retired small business person/ college professor/ investor.
This is not light listening. It is best on long trips, as it is difficult to follow some of the deeper arguments if you take it in 20-minute commute segments. It is a great book, actually a collection of essays, but like any philosophy it takes some thinking to follow. Though I cannot say I subscribe to Ms. Rand's views on all things the clearness of her arguments are difficult to refute. Ms. Rand is pretty rough on both the right and the left and points out the hypocrisy in both positions. If you are not willing to examine your political beliefs then stay away as they will be challenged. Finally it should be noted that most of these essays were made in the late 60s and early 70s. Ms. Rand promotes that America is great because of its beliefs, but that it is vulnerable because it does not understand the premises behind those beliefs. I suspect she would look at America today as an opportunity for greatness lost.
It is amazing what this man figured out with what little data he had to work with. This book is a great insight to a great mind. There are a few times you will have to tune out what the price of corn is in pounds, shillings and pence but it is well worth wading through. There are many people who will tell you what Adam Smith thought and it turns out many are wrong. It is worth hearing from the horse’s mouth even if it is in old English.