When the author writes about how everyone, even the most privileged, now has a story about how they "pulled themselves up by their bootstraps", I realized he was talking about me. I had bought into this whole sick culture, and I realized that I was the one born on third base who bragged like I had hit a triple. Yeah, I worked like hell to get where I am today, but a lot of people worked just as hard or harder, and the reason I succeeded was mostly luck. I think this book taught me a little humility, and that is a really good thing.
If you are listening to audiobooks on your smartphone while tapping away on your ultrabook drinking a mochafrappuccino at Starbucks, then he's talking to you. If you think you're a brilliant entrepreneur because you wrote an iphone app that lets you share fart sounds with your 1,000 closest friends, then he's talking to you as well. What was it that Tyler said? Oh yeah, "you are not a beautiful or unique snowflake". That is what this book said to me.
Before I begin my review, I will admit that I was not able to get significantly into the book before I had to stop listening. My free time is too limited and precious, and I couldn't waste it finishing this book.
For those (like myself) who consider Ayn Rand to be the baby boomers' version of Ann Coulter, it is hard to take seriously any piece of work that was funded by an institute in her name. The book begins by presenting an absurd and indefensible premise, and then proceeds to refute it anyway. The indefensible premise is that science can't prove anything, and the author starts in with the whole "if science can't prove anything then how did men ever walk on the moon" thing. At that point I realized the book wasn't for me. I was hoping for something akin to Kuhn's 'The Structure of Scientific Revolutions', but I don't think this is it. I will say again however, I did not get far into the book.
If Ayn Rand is your thing then I say go for it. On the other hand, if you believe that Ayn Rand wrote fluffy soft core porn for rich insecure people, then you might want to preview this book carefully before purchasing it. I wish I had.
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