June 30, 2002

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Amazon’s front page just recommended that I buy Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. Looks like a severe bug has crept into the recommendation sofware. Normally their suggestions are pretty good, considering that I usually buy only quite specialized social science stuff. And, militant supporters notwithstanding, the Ice Queen of Objectivism does not show up in this context very often.

Atlas Shrugged’s entry on Amazon has more than 800 comments. A good one near the top reads “Longest Book I Ever Read” [Five Stars].

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I am Associate Professor of Sociology at Duke University. I’m affiliated with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, the Markets and Management Studies program, and the Duke Network Analysis Center.



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