Ayn Rand
Plume, 1994; originally published 1943, English
ISBN: 9780452273337

The struggles of brilliant young architect Howard Roark locked in a conflict between creative genius and social convention, a theme that author Ayn Rand would later develop into an idealistic philosophy known as Objectivism.

On 5 book lists
Michael Bierut

The designer as hero. (See also Learning from Las Vegas.)

Chip Kidd

A bit obvious, and more than a little embarrassing, this book nonetheless truly made me reevaluate what it means to be a designer, at a crucial time in my life (late college). It is NOT to be taken as gospel, but more as a cautionary tale of megalomania. Plus, as a soap opera it’s pretty hard to beat.

Deborah Sussman

My husband, Paul Prejza, said, “Are you really sure that you want to recommend this book?” Judge for yourself.

Stanley Tigerman

I read The Fountainhead when I was 13 years old in 1943, put it down and decided to become an architect. One may question Rand’s politics, even the ideology of the self, but her gripping tale of an architect unapologetically motivated my prepubescent psyche.

Adam Tihany

Driven, brilliant, stubborn, and self-destructive—who could ask for more?

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