Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Book - 2005
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In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves?
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2005
Edition: Centennial ed
ISBN: 9780525948926
Characteristics: xv, 1168 p. ; 24 cm


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"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to dea... Read More »

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Nov 01, 2018

Actually not crap. Rand's politics and personal life are well-documented train wrecks, but you've got to set that aside and suspend disbelief as you read.
Woefully under-edited: somewhere in there is a half-decent 350-page book crying to get out. But her plot is at least coherent and interesting, which keeps you turning pages. Her dialogue can be wooden, but she works in some decent lines in places.
The Fountainhead is as good and 400 pages shorter. Her short story Anthem is the pick of the litter, though. I would actually call it good, and it gets her views across through suggestion and metaphor, which is more eloquent and effective than this amphetamine-fueled brain-dump.

Nov 01, 2018

Ayn Rand called social security a welfare program - yet she gladly used it.
She was also pro-life and hated all religion - including Christianity. I think the people who like this book must be poorly educated and unable to use any form of logic.

Sep 28, 2018

This one is a marathon. I enjoyed the story but the dialogue was horrendous, you'd think Rand had never witnessed a conversation before let alone had one. There are so many lengthy political and epistemological rants my head was spinning. It was a very dystopian world she created, reminded me a bit of Orwell's 1984 in the sense that the state controlled everything and manipulated the plebs to dumb them down as much as possible. There's no subtlety to any of it, she's hitting you over the head the entire time with her worldview. A little nuance wouldn't have hurt.

Sep 20, 2018

All things considered, its a great book. Kinda disappointing to see so many one star reviews because of the readers differentiating political or religious philosophies. It's a great story that can be appreciated by anyone if you aren't close minded and repulsed by world views other than your own. Its a hefty 1200 pages or so, but it's well worth the read.

Who is John Galt?

Jun 21, 2018

OMG, this book is so long. The long "lectures" given by characters was a big turn off. It made me what to give up and return the book. It was like being stuck in a boring college philosophy/sociology class. But other than that, there is a good story buried with this book.

May 27, 2018

I had read this book many years ago after watching the interview on Phil Donahue. Recently, I decided to re-read it - considering so many economic and political changes and my older and (supposedly) wiser age, would my opinion change into somewhat more positive?

I borrowed the 4-pound tome only to find out that I have even less patience for this rambling, graphomanic book, its ludicrous philosophy and its emotionally dead characters.

Let me just remind people who can't have enough of this nonsensical book that one of those "Atlases" was Alan Greenspan, one of the followers of Rand's philosophy and a prominent and active member of her club. Watch his pathetic self-defense at the financial crisis inquiry - some Atlas...

May 23, 2018

some interesting articles about the author:
“The right’s Ayn Rand hypocrisy: Why their “religious” posture is a total sham – Conservatives booted atheists from CPAC, but love a raging anti-Christian. The reason has to do with economic greed”
by Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig, posted February 28, 2014, at Salon
“Ayn Rand Argues That Believing in God Is an Insult to Reason on The Phil Donahue Show (Circa 1979)”
posted in Philosophy, Politics, Religion, November 19, 2010, at
Open Culture : The best free cutural & educational media on the web
“Ayn Rand: Conservatives' Abortion-Rights, Anti-Religion Inspiration”
by Frank James, posted November 14, 2011, at NPR

Apr 13, 2018

Calling this literature is like calling a McRib BBQ.

SPPL_Violet Mar 26, 2018

I read this as a junior in high school. Please, please. Don't all applaud at once. This is not a brag. It is, instead, an idea of the sort of person who would buy into something so heavy-handed and, quite frankly, narrow-minded such as this. This is not a story. This is propaganda. According to Ms. Rand, if you're not rich, if you're not blessed with good genes, if you're socially inept, if you, GOD FORBID, approve of government-backed social programs--- you are morally bankrupt. Forget about mental illness, forget about disabilities, forget about the fact that the cycle of poverty is both self-perpetuating and perpetuated by the same ideologies that Rand is nuts about. Forget about institutionalized racism, forget about the environment...THERE'S MONEY TO BE MADE! This 1,000 page behemoth is great for flower pressing, tofu pressing, or keeping on your shelves just in case you need to prove to someone that you can actually read.

Mar 11, 2018

This book seriously cried out for some major editing. The story really wasn't as magnificent as others have claimed it to be.

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Jun 28, 2016

“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”

Aug 18, 2015

Those men who do not mind being practical enough to sell their brains for money

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"To trade by means of money is the code of the men of good will. Money rests on the axiom that every man is the owner of his mind and his effort. Money allows no power to prescribe the value of your effort except the voluntary choice of the man who is willing to trade you his effort in return." Francisco d'Anconia

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"Wealth is the product of man’s capacity to think. Then is money made by the man who invents a motor at the expense of those who did not invent it?" Francisco d'Anconia

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"I am a trader. I earn what I get in trade for what I produce. I ask for nothing more or
nothing less than what I earn. That is justice. I don't force anyone to trade with me; I only
trade for mutual benefit." John Galt

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"We're on strike against your creed of unearned rewards and unrewarded duties." John Galt

EuSei Apr 17, 2015

"The world will change when you are ready to pronounce this oath: I swear by my Life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for the sake of mine." John Galt

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 4

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

You do not have to depend on any material possessions, they depend on you, you create them, you own the one and only tool of production. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 8

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