accessed Aug. 17, 2012.
(Side note: I actually find the Italian easier to read than the English because the Italian translation is a bit more straightforward language.)
No one disgarees that to an extent entrepreneurs push society forward, and that market economics have strong connections to improvements in aspects of society but it is the ludicrous extent these exist in the book in opposition to a soley evil government which only wishes to distort, control and monopolise which hinder the 'ideas'. By the way in answer to your question I would auger that entrepreneurs play rather a small role in the development of modern life, in as much as we exist in a much deeper and complex network than the mere profit motive can even attempt to influence.
A quick look into the private life of Rand and actually to whom this book is akin to a bible (Hedge fund managers, gun nuts, "Sovereign Rights" wackjobs, leading Tea Party candidates...) should give off strong warning signs.
I'd strongly suggest anyone going down the Rand route to take a look at this documentary, by the groundbreaking BBC director Adam Curtis. In his polemic (which I'd largely agree with) the book is essentially the product of a tormented mind.
Adam Curtis - All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
But I understand it's appeal to many.
I would recomend Candide, it is much shorter, very funny and more inspirational:)
BTW vrsaratov, it says in lurkmore that Ayn Rand is easy for Russians to read in English, because she was Russian and it influenced her English. What do you think ?