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Books That Shaped America


Lennea Bower
Library Programming Coordinator


Books That Shaped America
Sponsored by: School of Professional and Extended Studies and the University Library

Join us for Books that Shaped America, a special series of conversations for the local community and American University students, faculty and staff. The Series features selections from "Books That Shaped America," a list compiled by the Library of Congress. Informal discussions about the extraordinary influence of these books on American society will be led by faculty and staff members from AU. This Series is intended to foster open, constructive conversations about important and enduring themes in civil society.

Attendees do not need to have read the book. Admission is free and no reservation is required.

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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Discussion led by
Nimai Mehta, Assistant Professor, School of Professional & Extended Studies
April 22, 2014
7:00 - 8:30pm | GRC Classroom (Bender Library B60)

Although mainstream critics reacted poorly to “Atlas Shrugged,” it was a popular success. Set in what novelist and philosopher Rand called “the day after tomorrow,” the book depicts a United States caught up in a crisis caused by a corrupt establishment of government regulators and business interests. The book’s negative view of government and its support of unimpeded capitalism as the highest moral objective have influenced libertarians and those who advocate a smaller government.

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Sponsored by School of Professional and Extended Studies & American University Library