Letter 078, pg . 2


Manifesto, I think you will like and understand the book. I know, however, that it is a very long book. If you find yourself pressed for time, I would like to call your attention to two passages: Roark’s speech (it starts on page 736) which is a complete statement of the moral philosophy of our side—and Toohey’s speech (it starts on page 689) which is an exposition of the collectivist mind and of the humanitarian “world of the future.” This is not to say, of course, that I am not anxious to have you read the whole novel. But these two passages will give you an idea of the nature of the book. 

I think that the book can be of value to us in 1944. I am getting letters from readers who say that the book aroused them to fury against the “humanitarians” and made them want to “get the Tooheys out of Washington.”

I shall be looking forward to seeing you when you are next in New York.

With my best regards, 


Ayn Rand