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Atlas Shrugged (1957)

by Ayn Rand

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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 enemys but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will learn the answers 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 remarkable book. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, "Atlas shrugged" is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. "Atlas shrugged" emerged as a premier moral apologia for Capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard Capitalism defended in other than technical terms.… (more)
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    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand (PghDragonMan, bigtent21, thebookpile)
    PghDragonMan: This earlier work is more lyrical and is a milder, and more condensed, version of the philosophy expressed by this work.
    bigtent21: "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead" are becoming more relevant as we head into 2009. Large Government Buyouts and Regulation are the scourge of Atlas Shrugged and the outright sponsoring of mediocrity predominates The Fountainhead. Rand can be long-winded, but these two books are must reads regardless of your own personal beliefs.… (more)
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    An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (thebookpile)
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    Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged by Robert Mayhew (mcaution)
    mcaution: Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of Rand's magnum opus through this unique collection of scholarly criticism. See why after 50+ years in print it's selling better than when it was first published.
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    The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (lauranav)
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    Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi (kswolff)
    kswolff: Henry Hill, like Dagny Taggart, uses ingenuity and skill to avoid his income getting taxed by repressive moocher FBI agents and Narcs.
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    Progress by Charles Stampul (PeerlessPress)
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    The Probability Broach by L. Neil Smith (fulner)
    fulner: The probably broach is like Atlas Shrugged meets inter-dimensional time travel.
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    Blood Republic by James Duncan (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: If you love books that try to push the envelope of philosophical thought, but do it within a rapid-fire plot, this is the book for you.
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    PghDragonMan: Do the needs of the many outweigh the value of the individual?
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    Faith of the Fallen by Terry Goodkind (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Fans of both Ayn Rand and the fantasy genre will find affirmation in Goodkind's series, notably beginning with this entry.
  14. 23
    Metafisica de Aristoteles by Aristotle (thebookpile)
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    The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood (rratzlaff)
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    The Leopard's Spots by Thomas Dixon Jr. (Anonymous user)
    Anonymous user: Both of these books are famous for being controversial, and are as hated by their detractors as they are loved by their fans. They also both have a long winded speech by a character who starts off not being a real part of the story and ends up being the full protagonist.
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    Juliette by Marquis de Sade (kswolff)
    kswolff: Like "Atlas Shrugged," it is an aspirational epic about a strong-minded, pleasure-seeking woman triumphing over adversity and the herd mentality of her fellow humans. Sade, like Rand, was also a strident atheist given to writing characters give long speeches.
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    The Stand: The Complete and Uncut Edition by Stephen King (missmaddie)
    missmaddie: Epic struggles of good vs. evil
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Atlas Shruggd by Ayn Rand

Why I picked this book up: I read her Anthem book and liked it enough to pick up this one.

Thoughts: This book is full. If touches on the concept of conflict between the haves vs have-nots labor unrest, progressive policies, natural resources, iron ore, financial investments, with the discussion about what the intended consequences are which includes crushing other people too, the company that wants things to be fair and equitable which pushes the company to failure but it is a book with variety, not just the labor, the business man, the thinkers, artists, etc. and the politicians but it is able to span time such as in the 1940/50’s to today. The free market and competition. We have interesting characters, the female, Dagney, that is running the company, she cheats with a married man), her brother is really is in charge only by name really, there is a lot of tension in this book, Rand is an atheist and there is a religious component, the role of the mind in man's existence, the economy, powerful writing and well written romantic words, the relational aspect (not all good like the owning of a wife, dominance, tolerance and indifference in this book all play into making this book a great read imo. This book in packed with complex characters like John Galt the Taggarts, Francisco Franconia just to name a few. I highly recommend reading this one.

Why I finished this read: I finished as I wanted to finish this long book to complete it from start to finish even though this one took me a long time to finish. I am glad I finished it. I finally finished today.

I gave this book 5 out I 5 stars even though I disagreed with her liberal, progressive idea. I am very pro capitalism and mixed economy that works. ( )
  DrT | Mar 1, 2022 |
One star for ambition, one for influence, and another for never diluting the message, even when its wrong.

I was very moved by this book when I read it, which I think is all too typical of its many young college readers. Distance proved a good analytic dose to really appreciate how Rand constructs such a contrived world around caricatures and an especially simple worldview. The narrative is occasionally exciting but the characters are unbelievable as the monologues.

Rand ultimately fails - here and elsewhere - in her rejection of basic human qualities like helping other people without expecting an exact return on investment. But taken in context - as a rejection of the Stalinist state from which she emigrated and the trendy collectivism of the time, Rand's single minded arguments become a bit more comprehensible. This book, like the rest of her work, is a foil to the equally narrow and simplistic collectivism of her time.

It's not the world's greatest piece of literature, nor is the philosophy terribly sound, but then again the arguments which she rails against isn't fully baked either.

The "Fountain Head" is a more compelling work on a subject which she knew more about; "We the Living" is a better novel than either of those tomes; and "Anthem" is probably a sufficient (and shorter) introduction to her philosophical bent, unburdened of 30 page monologues. ( )
  bennylope | Feb 24, 2022 |
...ouch ( )
  zahli | Jan 22, 2022 |
Aside from the garbage politics, this is garbage writing. ( )
  Michelle_abelha | Dec 12, 2021 |
Atlas shrugged is a tedious tale consisting of haranguing, repetitive monologues on the virtues of being selfish interrupted by the thrilling exploits of railroad schedules, steel production and utterly unerotic adultery. Also an inexplicable death ray. About 800 pages too long. ( )
  Joe901 | Nov 2, 2021 |
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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.
 
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article...

"We struggle to be just. For we cannot help feeling at least a sympathetic pain before the sheer labor, discipline, and patient craftsmanship that went to making this mountain of words. But the words keep shouting us down. In the end that tone dominates. But it should be its own antidote, warning us that anything it shouts is best taken with the usual reservations with which we might sip a patent medicine. Some may like the flavor. In any case, the brew is probably without lasting ill effects. But it is not a cure for anything. Nor would we, ordinarily, place much confidence in the diagnosis of a doctor who supposes that the Hippocratic Oath is a kind of curse."

"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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Çorakçı Dişbudak, BelkısTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Brick, ScottNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Dirda, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Erener, SerdarForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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 enemys but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will learn the answers 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 remarkable book. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, "Atlas shrugged" is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. "Atlas shrugged" emerged as a premier moral apologia for Capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who have never heard Capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

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