September 17, 2007

News & Opinion: Greenspan's inspiration

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 5:42 AM – Filed under: Current Events & Public Affairs, Management & Workplace Culture

Greenspan was a big fan of Atlas Shrugged -- a book some consider to be one of the most influential business books ever written. Many have criticized the book for encouraging selfishness. Yet, Greenspan refuted it in a letter to the NYTimes in 1957:
'Atlas Shrugged' is a celebration of life and happiness. Justice is unrelenting. Creative individuals and undeviating purpose and rationality achieve joy and fulfillment. Parasites who persistently avoid either purpose or reason perish as they should.
You'll find he's not the only famous businessman who learned from and enjoyed Ayn Rand's novel. p.s. If you haven't heard, Greenspan's memoir The Age of Turbulence is due out today.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.