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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars This book made an impact on me! Nov. 23 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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 something was wrong but could not put her finger on it. She progressed to books as "The Fountainhead" where she could describe the problem quite well. Now in "Atlas Shrugged she has come up with a plausible answer to the problem. In essence your head can work without your hands yet your hands can not work without your head.

The story is not unique but it still holds you attention. The world is becoming more socialized and it is harder for individuals to make an impact without having a multitude of parasites on their back. Some chose to fight, others chose to ignore, some do not have a clue as to what is happening. The world seems to be gearing down is just coincidence or is there some one taking a hand in it. "Who is John Galt?"

I can tell you of my experience with the book. I must have been a late bloomer or just unlucky, because I did not come across "Atlas shrugged" until I was 20 years old. I was in the military and needed some reading material. My younger sister sent me the book. It looks just a little thick to me but I started reading, and reading and reading. I do not know if it was the story or the clarity of thought. Now I saw everything in a new or different light. It felt weird to see the newspapers and politics paralleling the book.

I was in New York (West Point) at the time and three things stood out to this day. The was a public service announcement on the TV "The law says that an apartment owner can not charge more than 30% of what you make" and at the same time the apartment buildings were closing down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who is John Galt? June 21 2004
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Is he a destroyer or a liberator?
Why does her 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?
You will know the answers to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc witht he lives of the amazing men and woman in this remarkable book, Atlas Shrugged by renowned author Ayn Rand. You will discover why a productive genious becomes a worthless playboy. Why a great steel industrialist is working for his own dstruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railaroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.
Now a modern classic, Atlas Shrugged offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth centuries leading artists.
Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world and did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe that this is a novel June 18 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nearly 1100 pages long, Atlas Shrugged flows like a 100 page book. I found this great book by Ayn Rand to be an absolutely delightful read. In fact I couldn't put it down.
After reading all of the sub 5 star reviews from people who obviously never read the book, I thought I would interject my own thoughts and subit a review.
Although a book about economics, Atlas Shrugged i s written in the form of a novel. This nearly 1100 page classic expertly demonstrates why capitolism is the system most beneficial to all people, rich and poor alike; and how punishing those individuals who are responsible for creating wealth (through burdomsome taxation and government regulation) can bring the economy, and the entire country, to a standstill (take a look at what happened to the American economy after Clintons tax hike, the biggest tax hike in history)
Atlas Shrugged is must reading for anyone who wants to uncover the truth about creating wealth and what forces can be used to slow down or impede that growth. Atlas Shrugged is a favorite book among the most financially successful people that I know.
This 40+ year old classic by Ayn Rand is must reading for all entrepreneurs and wealth builders. Read it, use it and profit.
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Warning: Those of you who haven't read this book yet will have no idea what I'm talking about below - I encourage you to read the book and think about which type of person you are.
I think Ayn Rand would laugh pretty hard if she read these reviews. No offense to those of you who did not enjoy this book, but in reading many of the reviews on this page, it seems to me that we have a few John Galts and many James Taggarts, right here on this webpage. That in itself proves that Rand is right about the people of the world - there really are two types (three if you separate the looters from the moochers), and there's no changing which one you are.
The people who love Ayn Rand's work are the ones that drive the world and who understand the loneliness of being a John Galt or a Howard Roarke in a world full of people who want to tear them down for having the audacity to take pride in work well done. I suspect the people who hate her work or say they "don't get it", hate it PRECISELY because they DON'T see those characters in themselves - instead, what they see in themselves is a Lillian Rearden, or a James Taggart - any or all of those other characters - and they despise Rand for rubbing their noses in it. How fabulous.
Even if you agree with it, Ayn Rand's books and philosophy won't change your life. But it might just validate the feelings you've had about the world but couldn't put into words. That's what her work did for me. And at it's very least, it's encouraging to know that there are others out there like us, however rare we are.
- A Dagny Taggart wannabe
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1.0 out of 5 stars $7.99 in the US, but $20.99 in Canada. Disgusting
In Canada, the ebook actually costs $5 *more* than the school and library binding! Moochers and looters, indeed.
Published 12 days ago by A Third Chimpanzee
1.0 out of 5 stars Not even after my death.
Not even at my funeral.
Published 1 month ago by Gabriel C. Pajor
2.0 out of 5 stars There is potential but it's lost in drivel
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dexter
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 3 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 4 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 months ago by Sylvie Couture
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 10 months ago by Alexandre
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