by Ayn Rand
Cassell & Company, 1958, [Second cheap edition October], hardcover, dust-jacket
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, previous owners inscription on inside front cover, dust-jacket shows some edge and shelf wear with some rubbing, creasing and chipping to edges and corners, small tears and a little wear to covers (see photographs)
“This is the story of Howard Roark – architect – a man whose sole aim in life was to build, and to build not in the tradition of the past, but only in the tradition of Howard Roark. He knew he was right with the same certainty that he knew he had two hands with which to create. No one could convince him otherwise.
Peter Keating, one of the youngest and most successful architects in New York, sensed his own mediocrity without recognising it. He did not know why he wanted Roark to fail.
Ellisworth Toohey, champion of the downtrodden, was one of the few people who understood Roark and was smart enough to know why he wanted Roark destroyed.
Dominique Francon understood Roark and loved him, but she too had tried to destroy him.
Gail Wynard, powerful head of the New York ‘Banner’ also understood and loved Roark, yet in the end was forced to turn against him.
Ayn Rand has written a dramatic, action-filled book of tremendous scope against a fascinating background of a profession heretofore little described in fiction.”