Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

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Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.

Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?

You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.

Atlas Shrugged , a modern classic and Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism--her groundbreaking philosophy--offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century's leading artists.
Publisher: New York : Plume, [2005], c1985
Edition: Centennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780452286368
Branch Call Number: FIC Rand 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xv, 1168 p


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Jan 24, 2018

This rates as a book "to make you go hmmmmmmmm". Paints a clear vision of Rand's philosophy of 'objectivism'. You can't help but agree to parts and totally disagree with other parts. Can totally see how far right-wing conservatives embrace this philosophy with it's view on government and social programs. Actually, we can see it in practice now, with President Trump's Republicans repealing of their corporate taxes. We'll see how well it goes. Early days still, but looking like the global corporate world is 'buying in'. We have to see now if the profits trickle down to the workers and what happens to issues like education and infrastructure.
The writing style of this book could have used a good editor. I suppose she just really wanted the reader to understand her 'vision'. However it makes for a long tedious slog of a read. She reiterates a concept to death, but you really do get to understand her message!
A must read if interested in politics and societal shifts.

Oct 18, 2017

According to author, Ayn Rand (quote) "Selfishness is a virtue."

While reading "Atlas Shrugged" - Make it a point of keeping Rand's philosophy about selfishness firmly in mind. It'll certainly help you to understand more clearly WTF? she's ranting and raving about in this preposterous, overlong story about an architect's struggle not to conform and cave-in to a mob mentality.

Jul 08, 2017

There are enough reviews of Atlas Shrugged to help you decide if it's for you or not. For my money, it's the best book ever written about achievement, and those who create value in the world. Let me instead, share something about Ayn Rand and her philosophy.

The New York Times published an article back in early October 2009 about the dearth of Women philosophers. They had a photo of Ayn Rand at the beginning of the article. Some snide commentators, mostly from academia, complained that Rand wasn't a philosopher. Since she is so much in the news today, I thought it might be of value to post my published response here with a few minor changes:

Ayn Rand's sin, for which she can't be forgiven by many academics, is that her writing is intelligible to the general public. She wrote philosophical novels that continue to be accessible to the man and woman in the street.

She believed in the power of reason. She rejected the mind-body dichotomy. She wrote about the supreme power and practicality of moral ideas. And she created a philosophical system—Objectivism—for anyone who may be interested, not just philosophers.

Perhaps Rand's greatest sin, however, was her total rejection of altruism as a moral ideal. For this, she will never be forgiven by those on the political left and right who realize that altruism is the linchpin of everything they profess to believe.

Those who think that philosophy should help them lead a productive and successful life owe Ayn Rand a debt of gratitude for her great sin of clarity.

Mar 16, 2017

I think the main point of this novel is found toward the end of John Galt's nearly hundred page speech toward the end of the book. He basically says that you should never be beholden to any man and you should never have any man be beholden to you. In essence, be an individual in your ways and never let anyone take a piece of your achievements. In Rand's world, anyone who taxes you or regulates what you do is a looter. The super genius heroes of this book have hidden themselves away from society in a kind of utopia because they feel they've been cheated by the powers that be. I guess that philospophy works if you are a super genius near cartoon character like John Galt, but if you want to apply Rand's philosophies to real life, never take an unemployment check, never go to a public school, never call the publicly funded police or fire department, and when you retire, refuse Medicare and social security benefits. All that is funded by the looters taxing the elites of the world like you and me, even though only like one percent of the population fits the John Galt archetype. As far as the prose and writing go. I didn't find too much to be evocative with this book. My emotions weren't stirred. I found the romantic interludes between Dagny and her suitors to read the best. And those were the least important parts of the book. I also found myself skimming the nearly 100 page rant by Galt. God himself laid out his philosophy in ten simple commandments. John Galt needs about 100 pages. 2 stars.

AL_CASSIDY Feb 21, 2017

A classic novel that is worth the read if you can make yourself work through all 2000 pages!

Jan 22, 2017

Well, darlings - When this book was first published 60 years ago it certainly must have thrilled its readers to pieces. But today, after all these years, Rand's Atlas Shrugged seriously cries out for some major editing. And that's just one of many complaints I've got against this over-rated book. And I could certainly go on and on here - But I think that I'll just leave it at that.

One of the best books ever written! Ayn Rand has some crazy philosophies, and some of it makes it hard to swallow, but that doesn't mean that this book is not written well. The literature itself makes this book worth reading. People just don't write like this anymore. The story also makes the book worth reading, the characters, the fight against big government, and the really well written love story make it all worth reading. Fantastic book! If your even slightly curious just read it. Life changing.

Oct 20, 2015

I am just GOB-SMACKED that this has FOUR stars as an average rating!!! Not to mention shocked, appalled and unbelieving. To those of you who think this posits a world that is just dandy; may you never have a child who is unable to care for itself, ever - either through mental or physical incapacity; for both of you would drown in Rand's world. Who is John Galt? As one commenter posted - a pompous *ss.

Oct 04, 2015

I loved this book. It's an under dog story- us vs them, the entrepreneurs, industrialists vs big government. Rand makes a great argument in this book for why we need the entrepreneurs and industrialists. A great argument for the perils of a society that stops questioning and surrenders itself to government. "Fall asleep in a democracy and wake up in a dictatorship." I would argue that that is what we now have under Harper. My favorite line is from John Gault's speech
"I saw that there comes a point, in the defeat of any man of virtue, when his own consent is needed for evil to win-and that no manner of injury done to him by others can succeed if he chooses to withhold his consent." Our up coming election is our opportunity to do just that.

Aug 24, 2015

This would have made an excellent 350 page novel.

unfortunately, there are long stretches with nothing going on, and no real contribution to moving the story or further character development.

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Aug 18, 2015

Those men who do not mind being practical enough to sell their brains for money

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return." Francisco d'Anconia

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it?" Francisco d'Anconia

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"I am a trader. I earn what I get in trade for what I produce. I ask for nothing more or
nothing less than what I earn. That is justice. I don't force anyone to trade with me; I only
trade for mutual benefit." John Galt

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"We're on strike against your creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties." John Galt

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath: I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for the sake of mine." John Galt

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 4

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

You do not have to depend on any material possessions, they depend on you, you create them, you own the one and only tool of production. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 8

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

What's wealth but the means of expanding one's life? There's two ways one can do it: either by producing more or by producing it faster. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

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