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Atlas Shrugged (original 1957; edition 1996)

by Ayn Rand

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Title:Atlas Shrugged
Authors:Ayn Rand
Info:Signet (1996), Mass Market Paperback, 1088 pages
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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957)

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For its time, this may have been a fairly controversial book. I read it again because the adage of, "History repeats itself," was taking place in our society. So, I read this more as a manifesto rather than pure fiction, which is, I'm sure, what Ms. Rand intended. It angered me and seemed a little laughable, but still, a book that civilized societies should read. This should be what high school and college-aged kids should read, rather than some of the liberal propaganda forced on them by the teacher's unions. ( )
  obedah | Mar 26, 2014 |
Amazing... and yet confusing.

Challenges contemporary views on socialism. Extraordinarily timely in light of this recent election. I'm still trying to resolve the philosophy of the book into my own feelings. Rand definitely takes the idea of the free market to the extreme, discounting factors of corruption and abuse that are bound to happen in a completely unregulated market. But still...

As far as the movement of the book, it's pretty peppy up until the three-hour radio speech towards the end. Reading on the Kindle I'm not sure how many pages it takes up in print, but I'm willing to guess at least a hundred. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
So much has been said about this book that I'll just second Jennifer's simply put review and add that this was a captivating work of fiction that should motivate the reader to some important introspection. ( )
  KikiUnhinged | Feb 9, 2014 |
An awful, awful book; even more so when you consider how many people seem to treat it as a second, secular Gospel. Unlikable characters, terrible dialogue, and completely unworkable social philosophy... the list goes on and on. Since it is influential, it's helpful to read it, if only to understand the sheer level of nonsense that has to be accepted by Randites in order to make their ideas work. ( )
2 vote BruceCoulson | Jan 23, 2014 |
I read Atlas Shrugged initially in college, and then again after I returned from South Korea. The drama and plot move quickly through 1200 pages, and the characters remain intense. Rand's writing compels the reader to interact with the text. Of course, the philosophy and the message shake one's beliefs. I will read again! ( )
  ovsmrv | Jan 16, 2014 |
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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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"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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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world, and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers to these questions become clear when the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book is uncovered . Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, "Atlas shrugged" is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, and a premier moral apologia for Capitalism.… (more)

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