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|"Who is John Galt?" is the immortal question posed at the beginning of Ayn Rand's masterpiece. The answer is the astonishing story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world and did. As passionate as it is profound, "Atlas Shrugged" is one of the most influential novels of our time. In it, Rand dramatizes the main tenets of Objectivism, her philosophy of rational selfishness. She explores the ramifications of her radical thinking in a world that penalizes human intelligence and integrity. Part mystery, part thriller, part philosophical inquiry, part volatile love affair, "Atlas Shrugged" is the book that confirmed Ayn Rand as one of the most popular novelist and most respected thinkers of the 20th century.|
Make this your next book club selection and everyone saves. Get 15% off when you order 5 or more of this title for your book club. Simply enter the coupon code RANDATLAS at checkout. This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. This offer applies to only one downloadable audio per purchase. Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, 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 woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, 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 woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
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 is unlike any other book you have ever read. It is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder-and rebirth-of man's spirit.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. This is the book that has made her not only one of its most popular novelists of modern times, but also one of its most influential and controversial thinkers. This anniversary edition of Atlas Shrugged, celebrating the enduring legacy of its author, features an introduction by Rand's literary executor, Leonard Peikoff, and a Reader's Guide to her writings and philosophy. This volume will be welcomed by all admirers of what Dr. Peikoff calls 'Ayn Rand's masterwork.'
|Number Of Pages||1096 pages|
|Edition Description||Anniversary, Revised|
|Publisher||Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated|
|Grade From||Twelfth Grade|
|Age Range||18 - UP|
|LC Classification Number||PS3535.A547|
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If you like an action novel with adult-size,
believable heroes, living in the same world you live
in...and, at the same time, the kind of story which
makes you re-think every idea you've ever heard or
lived your life by...you'll love Atlas Shrugged.
In it, you'll meet Dagny Taggart a woman who runs a
continental railroad. You'll meet Francisco Domingo
Carlos Andres Sebastian de Anconia, the latest heir of
a worldwide copper empire, which he blows up,
appearing to become a worthless playboy, for a reason
you can't even guess for 2/3 of the novel. You'll meet
Hank Rearden, the archetypical self-made
industrialist, who invents a totally new kind of
metal, lighter and stronger than steel. He cannot
understand why, not only his country, but also his
family do not appreciate his creativity and
productivity. He discovers why, over the course of the
novel, the clash between two very opposite moral
codes. You'll meet Ragnar Danneskjold, a modern-day,
high-seas pirate, who highjacks American cargo ships
carrying relief to the failed People's Socialist
Paradises around the world. He sells off the cargo for
gold, which he uses to reimburse people's income tax
to them. And the main character? Him you don't get to
meet until 2/3s of the way into the novel. And when
you do, you'll have several emotional reactions. one
of which is, you may laugh your head off, because
you'll realize that the author has laid clues about
this character from the first sentence all the way
through. This character has let a plot loose in the
world of the novel, which will change the world, and
you may wish it were happening in your world. And, his
reasons will astound you.
Those reasons will also cause you to see yourself
differently. They'll cause you to understand the
people around you in a whole different way. They'll
cause you to see the world around you in a new way
and, once you do, you won't be able to go back to your
original way of seeing it.
This is not the kind of novel, after which you've read
it that you can barely remember the names of the
characters. You'll remember these people for the rest
of your life and see them all around you, in the best
and worst of the characters of the people you know.
The life of the author was as adventurous as all her
novels. She was raised in Russia, under the communists
and managed to get out of there when she was 21. She
came to America, the country she said was founded on
her moral principles. She went to Hollywood, hoping to
write screenplays, met Cecil B. DeMille, who got her
started. She wrote the American classic novel, The
Fountainhead, which they turned into a movie, starring
Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal. Then, as the result of
13 years of thought and intensive writing, she
produced Atlas Shrugged, the book which continues to
inspire the love of life and intellectual curiosity of
millions of young people, many of whom are becoming
the intellectuals who are reshaping the world. Later,
came her non-fiction books in which she established
herself as a history-changing philsopher.
The recommendation of any of her books comes with a
warning. She portrays characters doing the unusual,
describes physical scenes like a painter paints, and
solves age-old problems in technical philosophy...in
pure, crystal-clear English. You'll be seduced to read
and read. So, the warning is, be sure to eat, drink
and sleep between sections of chapters. www.aynrand.org
Atlas Shrugged is one of my favorite novels of all time, which is why I had to re-buy it on Ebay. In this day and age, when many believe that Socialism is creeping around the corner, sales of the novel Atlas Shrugged have leaped. If you enjoy philosophy and a great story, Atlas Shrugged is for you. Ayn Rand's philosophy Objectivism is clearly defined in her masterpiece.
Atlas Shrugged is the story of protagonist Dagne Taggard, who is the VP of Operations for the biggest railroad in the world. The story is of her struggles to deal with increasingly tight government regulations on trade, as well as the mysterious slow disappearance of the great industrial minds one by one.
Who is John Galt? This is the first line of the book and it is repeated throughout the book. When someone asks, "Who is John Galt?", they are really substituting for an answer to a question too difficult to answer or an answer everyone knows but dare not speak.
The book gives me hope in a sense that hard work and NOT sacrifice will prevail. I am a fiscally conservative person and belong to the Libertarian party. This book really reiterates many of my ideals, and I believe in a very convincing manner. Anyone who believes in more government control, regulation and spending, should really read this book. And check your premises :)
The book has been criticized for being set in a fake America that could never exist. It is true that the America this book is set in is sort of a strange hybrid of the 20's and the 50's, as well as it's share of some borderline Sci-Fi moments. I believe Ayn Rand wrote the book this way so she could get certain points across, and such "impossible" inventions are made possible in Atlas Shrugged so that the book can remain timeless and the reader can forget about what the invention actually does, but what the invention stands for.
The book has also been criticized for the character development. People say that real people would never talk like the characters do in Atlas Shrugged to one another. Some people believe that Ayn Rand wrote the book out of hate, wishing she could "gather a group of her best friends and let all the others rot". Let's face it, any book that has conservative tones is going to get murdered by critics. I can understand why people would say the things I listed above, but the book is well worth reading even if you agree with any of it. Personally, I believe Atlas Shrugged is a book on philosophy disguised as a fictional story. Many of the speeches characters make last for pages, especially the famous one at the end of the novel that lasts an entire chapter. I don't believe normal people speak this way either, however, the point of the lectures are definitely defined and unmistakably blunt. They are great reads! You won't be able to put this book down.
Ayn Rand is an American Classic. While you are reading it, ask yourself why they haven't made a movie out of it yet. It would make a perfect two part film, or miniseries. Some people say it is the only American Classic left that hasn't been turned into a film. Why?
I hope you like reading Atlas Shrugged!
Atlas Shrugged is an epic tome that requires a certain dedication to finish. It is a complex novel with many seemingly unrelated story threads converging ultimately upon the climax. It has many larger than life characters accomplishing great achievements through the rigorous application of that uniquely human quality: reason. They struggle mightily against anti-reason, mediocrity, fakery, and the quest for the unearned.
The author casts moral issues in black and white so that there can be no mistaking good for evil or evil for good. In that sense, it is harsh. There is no retreat from obvious conclusions. But it illuminates many mysteries of modern life and makes sense out of many complex issues that have baffled most of us. The characters are used to demonstrate the power of reason and the nature of its enemies.
And so the book becomes a great philosophical work as well as a novel, building upon Aristotle's principles of logic and arguing successfully the case for the power of thought and the transmission of thought into action. It shows man as he could and should be, alongside the antithesis. The reader is left with a clear understanding of life's most essential truth: To be or not to be is the choice to think or not to think.
Anyone who reads and understands this novel comes away changed forever. His universe will have become integrated. He will know that all things are explainable in reality, even if the explanation has not yet been discovered. He will be secure in the knowledge that reality is what it is, and that the job of the human mind is to discover it.
Atlas Shrugged is hated and denounced in many religious circles because it shines the light of reason into the murky darkness of mysticism that constitutes modern superstition. It shows that an act of faith is a crime against reason and, therefore, against the mind.
The only criticism I could honestly level against this great work is that the author strives so hard to make her philosophical points that the climax, a speech by the main protagonist, seems belabored. It runs to something like 60 pages hammering home the importance of dedication to reason and reality and skewering their abandonment. Most thinking people will get the point and become thoroughly convinced long before the speech is concluded.
The reason this book remains relevant enough to sustain continued sales almost 50 years after it was published is not its value as a complex novel, but that the author is absolutely right on most of her philosophical points. And by demonstrating them larger than life in the novel's characters, she makes them both understandable and believable. As long as thinking people want to make sense out of life and the universe, Atlas Shrugged will sell.
Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's masterpiece work. Deeply developed characters, intricately and concisely described, and given colorful, appropriate names, act out a mesmerizing story. The book showcases Ayn Rand's philosophy of "objectivism". This should be a must read for our high school students today. The main reason it likely won't be is the book's over 1000 page length.
Do not be dissuaded by the book's length, however. It does not have to be read in one sitting. Much like a captivating mini-series on TV, Atlas Shrugged will have you longing to get back to the next installment. Although it was written in 1957, it takes little imagination to see the story being played out today.
"Who is John Galt?" The question runs throughout the story and is asked repeatedly. Indeed, just who is John Galt? Dagny Taggart, the dynamic and driven female protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, wrestles with the meaning of the phrase as she heads the operations of the railroad that she and her brother James Taggart own. A stronger lead character can scarcely be found.
The realness of the characters, the multiple venues, so vividly described, and the several mysteries woven into the tale make this an excellent read. Why else, more than half a century after it was written would Atlas Shrugged still be such a great selling book? Perhaps it is because people can see so much of what is happening in American politics today reflected precisely in the story Ayn Rand wrote, and realize that the current philosophy being pursued is one that does not play well in Atlas Shrugged.
This book comes highly recommended.
I read Atlas Shrugged many, many years ago, when I was 17. It may possibly have changed my life. Yes, it definitely impacted how I looked at life forty-five years ago, and straight on to today.
It really is a masterpiece, and when you read it you will see how it seems as though Ayn Rand wrote it for today! In my opinion, Atlas Shrugged is an American classic novel.
It's a great story, and one that you will never forget. Plus, you'll be able to understand what people mean by "Who is John Galt?" ...a phrase which I have a feeling may be heard every once in a while, in the months ahead of us. That phrase has often run through my mind.
I hope millions of people will read this book so that they can have a very unique experience---and especially now at this time in our history.
Ayn Rand also wrote "The Fountainhead" which became a movie. I hope someone makes a great movie about THIS excellent book.
I decided to buy this particular copy now, to give to my daughter.