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Atlas Shrugged by [Rand, Ayn]
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A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly. ("The New York Times")

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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story.Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life—from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy—to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction—to the philosopher who becomes a pirate—to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3921 KB
  • Print Length: 1188 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 21 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group USA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8B5XO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1,222 customer reviews
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Everyone should read this book. Every school should make this required reading as if our civilization's future depends on it. An alternative point of view that is suppressed in these modern times by Media and the entire education system. You may not agree with it but you should read it so that you at least understand what is going on today and how we got here. It is fiction written in the 30's by visionary women as if it is a premonition to the mind set of today.
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For a book that was published in the 1950's, it is amazing how relevant it is today. A story of what happens when individuals become government property and other peoples' money runs out. A battle of individual importance over the elitist power base.

There's a reason this book keeps showing up on the bestseller list decade after decade.

Bonus: if you want to drive your Lefty friends nuts leave a copy on your coffee table for them to spot. They absolutely become unhinged knowing there is a book where capitalists are the heroes and the government and the politically correct are the villains. Watch for their minds to slam shut as they run off at the mouth about the book.

The book makes progressives nuts as it takes apart their value system - piece by piece. There aren't many books out there like this one.

Warning: plenty of monologues.
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the one drawback to this novel is that it is overlong at 1074 pages but for those who have never read ayn rand or know her philosophy it is a must read. Much more than the fountainhead this is essential rand where she details much of her philosophy in the following pages in the novel but there is also a story here apart from her philosophy and the book is infused with good characters. There is dagny the female industrialist working in a mans world as an executive her brother jim taggart the industrialist hank reardon and francis d'ancona all make this a fascinating read and its hard to put down the novel.

The novel is interesting for the story it tells of the collapse of the u.s. and the western world even though it is one that never came close to coming true but in the following pages despite the collapse rand also details her conservative and atheist philosophy. None of the characters are close to being religious in any sense of the term and they are all irreligious and secularized all the characters but none but rand is well known as a proponent of her conservative philosophy and that is detailed in amazing depth in the following pages in the novel. There are so few socratic type novels which detail the ideas of conservatism so rand is important to read since there is so much writing written from the left its good to hear once in a while a writer coming from the right and even though its too bad there are no religious figures or sympathy for religion in the novel its good to read a novel which comes from the far right of the political spectrum its too bad the book is padded and overlong but its never ponderous and is a good read.
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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. This 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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Bought this copy for my daughter, Dagny, who was named after the heroine. Her last copy was destroyed, and this is a replacement. It arrived in a timely manner and in good condition. No complaints. Thanks.
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Well this is a 1000 page novel that could easily have been 300. You know from the backcover of the novel all that will happen up to page 650, and you can guess the end from there.
Rand's voice and idea that collectivism was more brutal and inhuman than competition is interesting and valid, but I wonder why she tried to masquerade what is clearly a political manifesto behind a character story. Her characters are horrible from any artistic standpoint, they are inhuman themselves. The novel's view of humanity seems to be that you are either a useless, whining slob or a perfect independent specimen (note how all "bad" people are ugly, and usually fat). No middle. By the way I would love to hear one historical example of a genius inventor/administrator/financier/etc that Rand makes some 50 characters into. I can only assume she meant the story to be an allegory, but it is far to long for an allegory; and far to inhuman for a novel.
Even thought I agree in many aspects with Rand's thought I would truly wish for the novel to be more compact and less repetitious. This could truly have been another 1984 if it were 300 pages long instead.
The most excruciating moments of the novel seem to be when her superficial idealized (or demonized) characters discuss love or try to have an emotion. Other than that the ideas of truly meritocratic system of values is interesting (specially coming from the 50s), and for all its failed characterization the prose moves at a reasonable speed (although it goes nowhere at a reasonable speed most of the time). Sadly the fact that some comments on Amazon mention the "lack of a moral system" indicates how perhaps even 1000 pages of discussion wasn't enough to penetrate some pre-conceived ideas which she wished to challenge.
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