The Fountainhead - Ayn Rand

The Fountainhead

By Ayn Rand

  • Release Date: 2005-04-26
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 704 Ratings)


The revolutionary literary vision that sowed the seeds of Objectivism, Ayn Rand's groundbreaking philosophy, and brought her immediate worldwide acclaim.

This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy...and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress...

“A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly...This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.”—The New York Times


  • The Fountainhead

    By OpsChief17
    Any Rands relevance today through the Fountainhead is far more than a story of her time. Her book, The Fountainhead, truly describes much of what is happening with the new technologies, computers, electronics,etc., world, and I think, the “new” political environment being forced upon the public by the extreme left. This book is without a doubt one of the most relevant of today. Being “politically correct” is among the worst “second-hander” philosophies being foisted upon society. It is an element that has created fear to speak openly and fostered exactly the themes presented in ‘The Fountainhead’. The next step, if society will be ‘1984’, which seems to be just around the corner. One of the most illuminating books I’ve ever read.
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  • Terrific

    By Mrsethjackson
    Ayn Rand doesn't make me say, "that's an interesting idea" or, "she might be on to something." She simply makes me say, that's true. I can't find a hole anywhere in her logic. I believe her ideals to be truth and I hope everyone will read her work.
  • Must read

    By kevnkim
    This was an excellent read. Very insightful and motivational fiction story that is well written
  • Heroic

    By Nolan the goo
    Any Rand's timeless classic The Fountainhead is about the heroic struggle of the individual versus the collective. Howard Roark is one of the most relatable fictional characters I've ever read.
  • Why is ebook more than print?

    By ConsumerAdvocate
    This is exactly why the big six deserve to go out of business. They are still clearly bickering about payment prices even though a new model is clearly needed and expected by readers. This is an OLD book, printed in 1943 I believe, and the price should reflect that. Instead, you pay MORE (currently $12.99 while print is $9.99) because they still don't know how to pick a bestseller (20% of books they publish actually make money, 40% break even, and 40% lose money). They make so little money now, that they cannot even afford to promote the books they do publish unless it's guaranteed a bestseller. E-books should be cheaper than print books for many reasons. First, no printing costs means it's cheaper to produce. Yes, we know you have to put in multiple formats for pc, tablet and mobile reading but that's not exactly hard these days. If you also factor in the cost of distribution, it's MUCH cheaper. Then add savings for books not needing to be returned or the costs to have them sent back. Also note that it doesn't require a bookstore so that's an additional savings of 35% of the book amount. I think we all get the picture at this point and it's time they change their ways of doing business because we clearly have a new way of doing business as well. Of of the main disadvantages of e-books is that you cannot transfer it to another person like you can just give a print book to another person.This makes their value less than print, and the price should also reflect this. I've purchased several copies of this book because I wanted others to read it. I only wanted a digital copy because it's hard to read the words at the beginning and end of a printed book because they don't format it with enough margin to make it easy to read. It's doable, just not easy. For those that have never read this book, i'll just say that it's my favorite book of all time. It's one of those books I wish I had written. I can't give it higher praise than that.
  • A truly inspiring piece of literature

    By Gallant Gallstone
    To say this novel is thought invoking would be an understatement. Ayn Rands philosophical views in generate questions that should be answered about man and his role in society.
  • Masterpiece

    By Czechnmail
    Romantic, intelligent, and clear, this is a treasure of humanity.
  • Amazing book

    By M. Augustus Jaster
    But reading it on an iPhone destroys its essence. Boycott ireaders. Books w/o batteries.
  • Wonderful

    By Admon
    It just keeps getting better and better as you read on. Never a dull moment if you look into the underlying meaning of all the conversations. I was debating if I should read this book or not and I'm glad I did. Don't miss out! Read it, Howard Roark is a character you want to meet!!!