I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It Hardcover – May 24 2011
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Who is John Galt?
It's been both a cry in the dark and a call to arms for generations of readers of Ayn Rand's great novels—which brilliantly portray a world like ours, a world of both great achievement and great crisis. This book answers that question. I Am John Galt introduces you to the real-life titans who've lived their lives like Rand's fictional heroes and the malefactors who've lived like her fictional villains.
Steve Jobs: he reinvented computers, movies, music, and telephones—just because it was cool
Paul Krugman: he corrupted economics and cheapened public discourse for the sake of partisan politics
John Allison: he built one of America's strongest banks—by having 30,000 employees read Atlas Shrugged
Angelo Mozilo: the predatory lender who used taxpayer money to inflate the subprime housing bubble
Bill Gates: he became the richest man in the world—and his government almost destroyed him
Barney Frank: the populist politician who turned Fannie Mae into a weapon of mass economic destruction
T. J. Rodgers: the bad-boy high-tech CEO—who speaks out against corporate welfare and political correctness
Alan Greenspan: Ayn Rand's lifelong friend who became an economic czar—the ultimate sellout or a double-agent for libertarianism?
Milton Friedman: he made economics into a science—and showed that capitalism and freedom are inseparable
Written by well-known market commentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta, I Am John Galt is filled with incisive and entertaining profiles and exclusive interviews. Let yourself be inspired as the characters of Ayn Rand's world come to life. Read and learn—you, too, can say, "I am John Galt."
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Praise for I Am John Galt
"Love her or hate her, Ayn Rand and I agree that free-market capitalism is the best way to prosperity. Her books show that capitalism and capitalists always triumph, no matter what the odds. Real life can work the same way if you have courage, integrity, and idealism. The real-life capitalist heroes that Don Luskin and Andrew Greta write about in this book prove it."
—Larry Kudlow, CNBC's The Kudlow Report
"Our world today is just like Ayn Rand's novels—it's a battleground of ideas. We are watching play out a war of intrusive government, corrupt businessmen, and sellout economists versus the innovators, entrepreneurs, and just plain working people who make the world grow. Don Luskin and Andrew Greta report from the front lines, showing that there are still great people achieving big things, standing defiantly against the enemies of growth."
—Arthur B. Laffer, founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates
"Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta bring Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged to life. Hank Rearden lives. Sadly, so too does Wesley Mouch."
—Grover Glenn Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
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Luskin and Greta's understanding of today's business, economic and political climate combined with their understanding of Rand's Objectivist philosophy make this a MUST READ for all lovers of liberty and freedom.
Each chapter gives a detailed background of a real-life individual hero or villain and their Ayn Rand equivalent character.
Some of my favorites in this book:
Don Luskin's factual deconstruction of the hack Paul Krugman (Rand's Collectivist, Ellsworth Toohey), is by itself worth the purchase of more than one book. Senator Barney Frank (Rand's Government Central Planner, Wesley Mouch) is what too many politicians actually are: Power-Wielding, life-long bureaucrats that have not produced anything of value their entire life, feeding at the taxpayer trough with redistribution schemes that destroy.
The positives and uplifting come through with John Allison (Rand's Hero, John Galt) along with his 10 points value system. Allison, the leader is fitting. My favorite and the one I relate to most is probably T.J. Rodgers (Rand's Capitalist Champion, Francisco d'Anconia). His clarity is inspiring. Quoting Rodgers from page 194 of I Am John Galt: "Freedom is good, period. End of Discussion." Rodgers colorful, biting humor is...well, read the book (see page 206).
This book is a timeline that links past fiction to present reality. Some issues are complex but as with all of Don Luskin's work, he makes the information understandable and entertaining.
A second but not secondary benefit is this book's historical record of factors which caused and exacerbated the financial meltdown of 2008. The roles of Wesley Mouch/Barney Frank, Angelo Mozilla/James Taggart, and Alan Greenspan/Robert Stadler receive careful study, as does the contrary example of BB&T's John Allison as John Galt. The sum of these chapters is a comprehensive, factual, rational explanation of the crisis and how it could have been lessened or averted.
Entertaining and informative.
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