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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged (1957)

by Ayn Rand

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Having been stimulated by the perceptive visions of Ayn Rand in my reading of 'The Fountainhead' I moved to 'Atlas Shrugged'; no mean feat considering the obvious challenge to my reading habits posed by its 1168 pages. However, the decision was thoroughly justified, as 'Atlas Shrugged' has provided even more food for thought than the other. Ayn Rand is surely one of the finest writers of the twentieth century, with her meticulous style and brilliant ideas. She has a grasp of philosophy, science and engineering and how these disciplines stimulate the minds of scientists. She puts to shame both non-specialist writers and supposedly educated people in general, and in this book she is able to develop many complex ideas into a superb vision of how failures to respect the human mind can lead to disaster in society. This is certainly a book that could change your life – if you can open your mind enough. ( )
1 vote CliffordDorset | May 11, 2015 |
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand Ayn Rand is one of my favorite authors and I have only read Atlas Shrugged. I saw the first two movies after a friend had mentioned them and loved the subject matter. After being sadly disappointed with the third movie (Atlas Shrugged Part III), I felt compelled to read the book. The first two movies were fairly decent representations of the story, but unfortunately in my opinion, the third was not.To start, I'm not here to preach political beliefs to anyone. I strongly agree with Ayn's perspective on life. If you want to have a long conversation about it or a debate, I'm not interested in doing so. I know that we all have different perspectives and opinions about life and how things should be. That's what makes life so fun and exciting. Different points of views that offer us insight into determining if we do or don't like something, and if we choose to incorporate more of those things in our own lifes.The message is poignant and the characters are strong. I think that everyone, from every country, can gain immense value by reading Atlas Shrugged.Ayn is not American born and I appreciate her work ethic and mentality greatly. I'm excited to read more of her works. ( )
  MarthaSweeney | Apr 17, 2015 |
Extreme in its views, and long-winded in many sections, but I learned from it. The story has its ups and downs, but did good at keeping me interested throughout it's lengthy monologues and the like. I hated how Dagny goes from being respectable to being a self-righteous whore, I believe Rand modeled her after herself actually. ( )
  NickAlmighty | Apr 11, 2015 |
There is nothing I can think or write about this novel that hasn't been thought or written by someone else. I am a big fan of Rand, I am looking forward to a documentary I have found on Netflix and I have a biography somewhere in my stacks as well. I did waffle a bit, almost taking away a star for the length of the Galt speech toward the end of the book, but then the fact that there was actual action and tension at the end of the book, I returned the star. ( )
  MaureenCean | Apr 11, 2015 |
My god it was long. ( )
  Crystal.Brown | Mar 19, 2015 |
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"Despite laborious monologues, the reader will stay with this strange world, borne along by its story and eloquent flow of ideas."
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"inspired" and "monumental" but "(t)o the Christian, everyone is redeemable. But Ayn Rand’s ethical hardness may repel those who most need her message: that charity should be voluntary…. She should not have tried to rewrite the Sermon on the Mount."
"to warn contemporary America against abandoning its factories, neglecting technological progress and abolishing the profit motive seems a little like admonishing water against running uphill."
Atlas Shrugged represents a watershed in the history of world literature.
"remarkably silly" and "can be called a novel only by devaluing the term" ... "From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: 'To the gas chambers — go!'"

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To Frank O'Connor and Nathaniel Branden
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"Who is John Galt?"
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 mine.
Pride is the recognition of the fact that you are your own highest value and, like all of man’s values, it has to be earned.
Rationality is the recognition of the fact that nothing can alter the truth and nothing can take precedence over that act of perceiving it.
Until and unless you discover that money is the root of all good, you ask for your own destruction. When money ceases to become the means by which men deal with one another, then men become the tools of other men. Blood, whips and guns--or dollars. Take your choice--there is no other.
It wasn’t real, was it?
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0452011876, Paperback)

At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback.

With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.

Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club

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The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man's awareness of himself as an heroic being.

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