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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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56 of 72 people found the following review helpful
Powerful life lessons in this book May 30 2011
By Terry L., Brock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is a natural for anyone who knows about and enjoys Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It also has analogies from Ayn Rand's earlier book, The Fountainhead. Not only is this book educational but it is inspirational. I found it particularly good to learn how to deal with the inevitable enemies who will circle around you and try to pull you down. Read how one of the authors deftly handled a well-known prominent economist and learn how to deal with detractors in your own life. You'll love the stories of heroes who overcame vast odds and demonstrated a strong character --- right out of the pages of Atlas Shrugged. "I Am John Galt" is a great book that will help you in your personal and professional life. Get it. Read it. Become a better person because of it.
60 of 79 people found the following review helpful
Ayn Rand would be Proud! Powerful, Clever and Thought-Provoking - a MUST READ! May 13 2011
By Gina Carr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a big Ayn Rand fan and I LOVE this book. It is simply brilliant how Luskin and Greta take modern-day movers and shakers and compare them to Ayn's most famous characters. I think they really nail the Heroes and the Villains. My favorite is Steve Jobs as Howard Roark and Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler. However, a close second was Bill Gates as Henry Rearden and Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch.

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.
42 of 56 people found the following review helpful
I Am John Galt-is here May 24 2011
By R. Ridgeway - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was a great read!

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.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
An other triumph of Reason July 15 2011
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A well reasoned analysis of Ayn Rand's relevance in todays world. It brings Rand's philosophy alive with the comparison of Rand's Characters from the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and the heroes and villans, we can relate to.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great overview of Rand and 2008 Panic May 31 2011
By Johnny & Riza - Published on Amazon.com
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The introduction to this book is an informative and miraculously satisfying overview of Rand's philosophy. The book in total seems like an engineering text that reifies abstract physical phenomena by application. Seeing Rand's ideas in the book's subtitle of "Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It" bring the ideas to life.

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.