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Atlas Shrugged (original 1957; edition 1999)

by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff (Introduction)

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Title:Atlas Shrugged
Authors:Ayn Rand
Other authors:Leonard Peikoff (Introduction)
Info:Plume (1999), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 1200 pages
Collections:Your library, Fiction/Literature/Plays/Essays, Read
Rating:*****
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

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Surprisingly kind of corny reading it as an adult, but no denying the influence when reading it at an impressional age. ( )
  jimifenway | Feb 2, 2016 |
Read this many years ago as a 20-something and I fell hook, line and sinker for Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism. I have long since parted ways with such thinking but, looking at The Fountainhead from a pure literary standpoint, I still regard this as an enjoyable read. The passion with which Rand writes shines though in the events that unfold in the novel and in the thoughts and actions of her characters. I look for books to make me feel invested in what is unfolding and this book does that. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Read this many years ago as a 20-something and I fell hook, line and sinker for Ayn Rand and her philosophy of Objectivism. I have long since parted ways with such thinking but, looking at The Fountainhead from a pure literary standpoint, I still regard this as an enjoyable read. The passion with which Rand writes shines though in the events that unfold in the novel and in the thoughts and actions of her characters. I look for books to make me feel invested in what is unfolding and this book does that. ( )
  BlackAsh13 | Jan 30, 2016 |
Changed my life - a totally different way of looking at things. ( )
  KathyGilbert | Jan 29, 2016 |
I probably will take my time with this book. Its big and detailed. I enjoyed part one and part two of the movies and books are always better then movies! ( )
  nraichlin | Jan 26, 2016 |
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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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"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."
 
"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."
 
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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"Who is John Galt?"
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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.
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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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