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Ayn Rand , Edward Herrmann
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May 25 2000
"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world—and did. As passionate as it is profound, Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity. Part mystery, part thriller, part philosophical inquiry, part volatile love affair, Atlas Shrugged is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelist and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.

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Winner of the Listen Up Award-Best Packaging/Cover Art of 1996 [brought to you by HighBridge Audio] -- Publishers Weekly, January 6, 1997 --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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AYN RAND is the author of Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged, and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy another edition of this book May 25 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This edition of the book is not too great. The font is too small and the pages are hard to open, so I would recommend buying another version of the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Philisophical Fiction .... What a "Novel" Idea! June 5 2011
By Bart Breen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Yes, this is a classic work and valuable primarily as a presentation of Ayn Rand's Philosphophy of Objectivism. It's a pretty good presentation of how life might look and feel if you were to eliminate all subjective and emotional human responses to life and more importantly create a government that only minimally intrudes upon those thinkers, inventors and producers who utilize capitalism to its most efficient ends.

In fact, I think that's why it does a good job of what's it "objectively" sets out to do. As evidenced by the myriad of reviews all over the map, it achieves its goal by spurring thought and evaluation of the philosophy of objectivism and more importantly what the balance must be between individualism and the corporate needs of society and the role of government in balancing them.

As a novel, it is long, it rambles and it could use some editing. But then again, that's a "subjective evaluation" and who is to say that the philosophy itself does not render it to be as it is.

I know many come to this work as required reading and as the audience is young there tends to be a pretty strong reaction to the content of the philosophy, either setting aside all idealism or embracing the cold, hard automaton thinking of the protagonist Rand creates.

In fact, I think reality lies between those two extremes. There is much to be said in favor of Rand's conclusions coming from a totalitarian idealistic Soviet Union that causes her to react so strongly against it and advocate an austere personal capitalism.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Literature March 29 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Extroidinary literature but may not be the place to start if you are not acquainted with Ayn Rand.
Anyway, after reading many of the reviews, I have noticed that even the people who loved the book have an erroneous idea of what Ayn Rand was saying.
First of all, ethically selfishness or self-interest means you have a right to your own life, that you own it and can dispose of it as you want, without imposing force on others. It does not mean you have the right TO DO ANYTHING YOU WANT OR TO IMPOSE YOURSELF ON OTHERS. It means you own your life, and are free to live it in the manner you deem right for yourself. In a political context, it means the government is prohibited from imposing itself on your life, by for example drafting you into the military, or prohibiting you from entering a certain career field.
When Ayn Rand attacked altruism and its component part self-sacrifice SHE WAS NOT ATTACKING HELPING OTHERS, OR DOING GOOD THINGS FOR OTHERS, OR BENEVOLENTLY SPREADING GOOD WILL IN THE WORLD. What she was attacking was the fundamental principle of altruism that YOUR LIFE BELONGS TO OTHERS AND CAN BE DISPOSED OF WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT.
We see the consequences of altruism all over the world. People living without the ability to own their lives. Cuba is a prime example. The communist party and Fidel Castro are the owners of everyone's life. They control and direct it with impunity. One has little or no control.
Helping others and spreading good will is as much a part of successful living as living and breathing, but when people are FORCED to sacrifice their lives in the name of helping others, state coercion follows, and this is the evil, Ayn Rand so eloquently refers to in Atlas Shrugged and her other writing.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not even after my death. July 10 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not even at my funeral.
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2.0 out of 5 stars There is potential but it's lost in drivel May 25 2014
By Dexter
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First a note about the book. The Paperback edition is terrible to read. It's far too small, cheaply made and the words are microscopic. Try to find a hardcover edition or a different edition of the paperback.

Now the material itself. Atlas Shrugged has a great beginning, a long, but still good middle, but a winding and unsatisfying end.

The beginning sets the novel up with a mystery, "Who is John Galt". In the first chapter we her this enigmatic phrase uttered in response to a question that one couldn't possibly answer. It's usage is continued throughout the book, but who is John Galt? The answer to that book is found later in the book.

A healthy amount of characters are introduced but they are cleanly segregated into two categories. Those who own businesses and are the clear heros of the story, and those who seek to provide to people less fortunate through taxation and regulation of the rich, these people are clearly the villains in the story. Beliefs aside, Ayn Rand's characters are one-dimensional straw-men whose sole purpose is to spread her ideology. People she see's favourably are described as emotionless workaholics, they are attractive, fit and intelligent. People she see's negatively are emotional in confrontations, and ugly unhealthy people.

Scenes in which characters are incredibly uncomfortable to read. Love in Ayn Rand's world is one-sided. Pleasure is only for the man and the woman seems almost unwilling during these scenes. Even though this book is little over 50 years old these love scenes read like an ancient relic of the past.

The plot is interesting enough even if one doesn't agree with the economic beliefs so plainly pushed at its readers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged
I don't normally read fiction, however with Paul Ryan's obsession with Ayn Rand's philosophy, I decided I would judge her for myself. Ryan talks about makers and takers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by plif55
5.0 out of 5 stars Atlas Shrugged
I'm in admiration for Ayn Rand,
From the time I started this book ,I could not put it down ,you want to keep on reading.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Lewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Who is John Galt
Look around, it is real. When Rand wrote this book, she was basing it on what she had witnessed, we had better pay attention and start to take a voting interest....
Published 6 months ago by MH
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing read
Absolutely stunning. A great look at a dystopian country which far from real, with lessons that can be applied to current day situations.
Published 6 months ago by Eric McAskill
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a good book on any level, by any criteria.
Shudders still echo through my mind from reading that so-called "magnum opus" of Rand's, Atlas Shrugged. Should have been called Rand Flubbed. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dino Snider
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story but the font! for the love of Og the font!
I know opinions vary on this book., and I personally like the story.

I purchase this copy for my husband who had never read it ( I figured he should before Hollywood... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sylvie Couture
5.0 out of 5 stars This book made an impact on me!
In case this is your first encounter with this book, It is a fresh story but a continuation to Ayn Rand's philosophy that started out with books like "We the living" where she new... Read more
Published 8 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great philosophical book!
I deeply enjoyed Atlas Shrugged as it shows a reflect of our actual modern society. I recommend it to everybody!
Published 9 months ago by Alexandre
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!
I read this book the first time some 30 years ago and 4 times since then. It should be a required read for life. I bought this for my son.
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Write a paper
I kept feeling like Ayn Rand was hitting me over the head with her philosophy. It just felt userous of the characters to have to go through so much to make a point that could so... Read more
Published 14 months ago by J.B.
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