ATLAS SHRUGGED Author:Ayn Rand This is the 15th printing of the Signet Edition, Q1702, of the novel originally published by Random House in 1957. A Modern Classic which in novel form expresses the author's Objectivist philosophy. It is also seen by critics as a mystery story, a romance, and/or as science fiction. — The novel opens with the now famous question, "Who is John Gal... more »t?"
The story takes place in the United States at an unspecified future time. The country is in a downward economic spiral with businesses closing and men out of work. Other countries in the world have become socialist Peoples' States and are destitute....Worsening the economic depression in the U.S. is the unexplained phenomenon of talented men retiring and disappearing...Dagny Taggart, vice president in charge of operations for Taggart Transcontinental Railroad, seeks to rebuild the crumbling track of the Rio Norte Line that serves Ellis Wyatt's oil fields and the booming industrial areas of Colorado...Colorado, based on Wyatt's innovative method of extracting oil from shale, is the last great industrial center on earth.« less