You are so very wrong on that last point...
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So during my Rush phase in high school, I looked for some Ayn Rand to read. The Fountainhead was much shorter than Atlas Shrugged so I started with that. All I remember is a vague sense of "Don't tread on me!" self-righteousness, which seemed somewhat appealing, but adolescent to me even then, at 16.
Then I moved on to other Neil Peart recommended literature -- The Big Money by John Dos Passos. Holy cow. That blew away Rand completely. (For some reason my local libraries didn't have the rest of the U.S.A. trilogy or I would have read them as well.) Although reading his bio now, I see that I took the novel in a way perhaps unintended by the author -- as a condemnation of capitalism.