Objectivism Reading List

From the creator of Objectivism101:

Morality Needs No God

by Joseph Rowlands

Books by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.
The Fountainhead

The story of Howard Roark, an architect who follows his own judgment in the face of many obstacles. The theme of this book is independence and integrity.

The story of a society that's lost a word, and the struggle of one man to reclaim it along with his life.
We the Living

Set in Soviet Russia, this is the story of a woman who struggles to survive in a society that embraces collectivism.
The Night of January 16th

The story of a trial, where the outcome is based on your own sense of morality.
The Early Ayn Rand: A Selection from Her Unpublished Fiction

A collection of short stories with many themes recognizable themes from Ayn Rand's later novels.
Philosophy: Who Needs It

A collection of essays on the importance of philosophy in our lives.
The Virtue of Selfishness

A collection of essays on morality, and rational self-interest.
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

A collection of essays about the nature of government, individuals rights, and politics.
The Romantic Manifesto

A collection of essays about art and esthetics.
The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution

A collection of essays about the culture and politics.
The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought

A collection of essays about philosophy, culture, and politics.
For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand

Reprint of some of Rand's fictional characters speeches, with an introductory article on the history of ideas.
The Art of Fiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Rand's tutorial on how to write fiction.
The Art of Nonfiction: A Guide for Writers and Readers

Rand's tutorial on how to write non-fiction.
Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology: Expanded Second Edition

One of Rand's more detailed and systematic books. It discusses the nature of concepts.
The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z

A useful resource with excerpts from Rand's writings on many topics, organized alphabetically.
The Journals of Ayn Rand

Excerpts from Ayn Rand's personal journals. A large variety of topics, showing the development of her thoughtsover the years.
Ayn Rand Reader

A book containing excerpts from Rand's various novels. A good introduction to her ideas.
Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q & A

Ayn Rand gave many lectures after publishing Atlas Shrugged. These are taken from the Q&A sessions.
Letters of Ayn Rand

A compilation of letters that Ayn Rand wrote to other people.

Books by Other Authors
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff

A detailed explanation of the philosophy of Objectivism.
Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence by David Kelley

A short book that describes the virtue of benevolence, and shows how it is firmly in our self-interest.
Capitalism: A Treastise on Economics by George Reisman

A book on economics by someone well-versed in Objectivism. It contains many integrations of the philosophy with the economics.