Atlas Shrugged 35th Anniversary Edition Author:Ayn Rand At last, Ayn Rand's masterpiece is available to her millions of loyal readers in trade paperback. — With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, "Who is John Galt?", Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its mo... more »st influential thinkers.
Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.
* Atlas Shrugged is the "second most influential book for Americans today" after the Bible, according to a joint survey conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club« less
Magnificent read! Rand has woven an epic story with razor sharp insight into the human condition. Her character development and ability to tell a riveting tale is only surpassed by her intelligence. "Atlas Shrugged" is a fine novel, but is far more than this. Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism" is the glue holding this fascinating story together. Yes, she is didactic and, at times, is repetitive regarding her ideology via her protagonists as well as antagonists. Yet, she writes so well, that I found it an interesting education, as well a peek into the mind of a genius. I am not a proponent of "Objectivism", yet some of her beliefs make a great deal of sense in this age of entitlement. She clearly believed in, and expected humankind to exhibit the virtues of personal responsibility, hard work, courage, honesty, love and honor. Rand had little use for those who would cheat their way to high levels of power and corruption, as well as the cruelty and incompetence that accompanies them. In spite of some hard-nosed disgust at those she coined "looters" of society, Rand is deeply romantic. Her ability to unfold a beautiful love story is unparalleled. The love displayed in this novel is not sugar sweet, but rather, possesses an iron backbone. Her lovers are passionate, strong and devoted. While you may (as I) disagree with a number of her philosophical tenets, this novel is a 'must read'. Without a doubt, "Atlas Shrugged" deserves the title of "classic." If you do not fear a 1200 plus page tome, you will not be sorry to have read this monumental novel.
While this is surely a noteable attempt at a magnum opus, and while the writing is good and the story creative, the message and intent of this book is both misguided and excessive. It ends up saying little more than does the much shorter and more accessible _Fountainhed_. Also, the message regarding the primacy of the individual over any group is taken to an absurd extreme and begins to smack of fascism. While the protagonists are admirable insofar as they are each driven and creative, she attempts to skew these virtues by placing them at odds with social interest. It is, in essence, an homage to social darwinism. If you're a libertarian, enjoy! For the rest of us, ignore it entirely or read _The Fountainhead_ for a much shorter homage to the greatness of the individuals for whom we, the masses, should be living.
Quite honestly, this book has changed my life and how I live it. If there is someone who can get through this book living in our world today and not cry because of the truth written by Miss Ayn Rand, then they have not grasped what she is saying. Everyone should at some point in their lives read this book.
I read this book so I could enter an essay contest. It was part philosophy and part suspenseful story. It's a good read if you have the discipline and desire to finish Ayn Rand's greatest work. Though a good book, it could have been a lot shorter, for Rand repeats her philosophy many times through different characters. But still, even if you do not agree with the philosophy the story alone is worth the read.
When Ayn Rand wrote this book few people had more than a eighth grade education. At the time the message was timely and helped pave the way for the tremendous growth and development of the mid-nineteenth century. I understand this is Alan Greenspans favorite book and he reads it repeatedly.
But that was a different day and the message is antiquated though fiercely held to by many of today's leaders. The message was that the masses needed strong leaders that would guide us in the right direction. Without them, things could easily fall apart. Remember, the vast majority of people were not well educated, so a few well educated leaders made since in that scenario. Today, far more people have advanced degrees so developing consensus is a far more productive strategy.
For that reason I cannot recommend this book to anyone but those who view it as an interesting side note to history. As someone before me has said, you should read this like you eat a popover; "swallow only what is nutritious...and blow out the hot air."