I first read Atlas Shrugged when I was 15, and it cured my liberalism. That's 49 years ago, and I still count it my favorite novel. I still love the characters & dialogue, and regard the philosophy as "a good starting point" for individualists. The book's major effect on my life was to teach me that religions and collectivist/statist philosophies do not have a monopoly on morality. I have some major philosophical differences with Rand nowadays, but still love the book.
The Most Dangerous Superstition, by Larken Rose, published in 2011, is my all-time favorite non-fiction book. My review of it, here. Rose utterly cuts through the crap with which the government schools indoctrinate us about an individual's relationship to "government." If you love liberty, this will likely become your bible. If you don't -- sorry about your case.
Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition, http://www.amazon.com/Most-Dangerous-Superstition-Larken-Ros...
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