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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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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My god it was long. ( )
  Crystal.Brown | Mar 19, 2015 |
This Audiobook was pretty good. Llike the other audio books I have listened to of Rand's work it includes an "introduction" that completely ruins the book. I would recommend skipping it, but as usual it is not as easy to do as it should be (why can't this intro be a separate CD, or provide instructions to "skip to track 15 to avoid possible spoilers"?

The story was written in 1957 and set "in the not too distant future" So I guess its a hypothetical 1960s?

At firt I really loved this story. An epic that occurs in a real world situation of corporate America and the battle between competitors and the government and the unions. The "flash back" to the relationship between Dagny Taggart and Francisco d'Anconia lead me to believe that this may be the first novel I've ever read where the sex scenes were tasteful and necessary to the development of the story, however the inclusion of the affair between Hank Rearden I feel the need to change my opinon of that.

For the most part the CD changes where examplirery. Not just the "This story is continued on disc 8" but more importantly the story steemed to get to a perfect transition point with the end of each CD. I thought this was on purpose, until "Part I ended in the middle of disc 15 of a 16 disc set. Why not just let that be the end, particularly if you are turn Disc length throughout?

All in all a good story and I'm look forward to the rest. ( )
  fulner | Mar 8, 2015 |
A huge sized classic, it's nearly 48 hours long. The introduction helped a lot, interpreting the book before it wanes on and on and on...actually piqued my interest. Alas, the actual reading was boring. Rand claims that objectivism's tenet is that consciousness exists separately from reality -- this book is supposed to be about that. However, it's not crystal clear and the reader must induce same...over hours and hours and hours of listening. Other evaluators claim that the book is anti liberal or anti conservative....bleah! It's a classic, long, boring book with a philosophy that has attracted some. I don't think I'll read any more Ayn Rand unless I find the Cliff Notes. ( )
  buffalogr | Mar 5, 2015 |
-Took me over a year to get through. Whew! I would read a few pages but the dreadful writing forced me to pick up a different book to clear my palate or to do something I would ordinarily put off, e.g. do the laundry, go food shopping, read e-mail. Thanks for that, at least.
-Why soldier on till the end? The book has played a part in the degradation of the conservative movement's standards for good literature, for coherent political policies, civility, and discourse. Must read to get a picture of the conservative ideology in 2015. Back in the day, Whittaker Chambers in the National Review panned it, but the Tea Party conservatives of today who trace their lineage back to Barry Goldwater seem to adore the novel. Having now read it, I found most disturbing the constant use of terms like "leeches," "parasites," and "moochers" in reference to the needy. The reduction of the needy to the subhuman realm reflects the world view of Nazis and Communists for their enemies. Particularly ironic since such terms were often used to describe the Jews, and Rand was a Russian-Jewish intellectual who would have been unwelcome to say the least in the Germany of the 30s and 40s and the Soviet Union even today. The sabotage of the infrastructure by the Galt sympathizers resembles the techniques of modern terrorism with which we are all too familiar. Efforts to discredit the government by refusing to compromise and effectively shutting it down may ring a bell in the present time. The hijacking of the media by Galt is in the totalitarian style of 1984, though the length and repetition of his rant is reminiscent of Fidel Castro. The cult of personality is also a familiar trope; Scientology without the pizzaz. The novel praises logic and reason, but uses the techniques of propaganda (i.e. gut bucket emotional outrage at one-dimensional bad guys) in order to do so. Kind of like reconciling Christianity and capitalism (see below).
-For a better fictional send-up of the liberal mind, see Dostoyevsky's The possessed (or Demons in a recent translation). For life under Stalinism, I recommend Life and fate by Vasily Grossman.
-Ethics. The application of Objectivism in the novel lacks challenging case studies. For a cure developed by Big Pharma, should the company charge $10K a dose, or should the patient pay full price? If the patient wanted a cure, he should be responsible for developing one or pay whatever the company determines? Who developed the cure? Was it a two fisted individualist or a team? Is the doctor from Kansas who goes to Africa to help Ebola patients actually performing an immoral act? Should we vaccinate for the so-called community benefit or opt out to make an individualist statement?
-To some extent the novel is so extreme I sometmes wondered if it was intended as a parody of secular humanism created by a right wing Christian. After all, reconciling Christianity (or any religion) with individual freedom to amass cash is just another form of immoral compromise, isn't it? So the hidden moral of the story is that you can't be a capitalist and a Christian. You're welcome, Pope Francis. Anyways, we know where the good guys are really coming from because they're heavy smokers and put dollar signs on the cigarettes.
-The writing, as noted, is generally excruciating or simply anachronistic. I could make an analogy with Dr Ferris's torture machine (hurts like hell but doesn't harm the body) but that would be cheap and snarky so I didn't. Most excruciatingly hilarious line: "Calmly and impersonally, she [Dagny Taggert}, who would have hesitated to fire at an animal, pulled the trigger and fired straight at the heart of a man who wanted to exist without the responsibility of consciousness." Haven't we all felt that way about our doorpersons? The anachronistic part is the dialog, which has the artifice of hack movies churned out by the studios in the 30s and 40s, not surprising considering the author's Hollywood background. She has a pretty good knack for creating bad guy names (Wesley Mouch), but her good guy/gal names seem standard Hollywood Aryan (she knew her audience). The description of the American landscape in Dagny's airplane trip to Happy Valley is good, too; I sensed the author took great pleasure in flying and certainly communicates it. Also noteworthy is the author's pleasure in and great attention to the details of female dress, possibly another Hollywood influence. ( )
2 vote featherbear | Feb 14, 2015 |
Awesome book. Should be required reading for everyone in America.

That's not to say that I agreed with everything, but it provides a good look at why capitalism works, and progressivism fails. It explains why capitalism is moral, and progressivism is immoral. It explains why self is more important that the collective, regulation is bad, and religion is bad.

The last is the only part I disagree with. Rand presents religion as a summary of it's worst points in history. I don't blame Rand completely for this, as Christians haven't exactly been stellar examples of true Christianity.

That aside, there's a lot of good, thought-provoking, information wrapped up between the covers, and on top of that, it's a good story. There are a couple of points where Rand's descriptions get a little winded, but still highly recommended. ( )
  jalandoak | Jan 26, 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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"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.
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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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