Atlas Shrugged
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Atlas Shrugged

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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.

Title:Atlas Shrugged
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0452011876
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:1168 pages

    Atlas Shrugged Reviews

  • Jason
    Apr 10, 2011

    Ayn Rand makes my eyes hurt. She does this, not by the length of her six hundred thousand word diatribe, but rather by the frequency with which she causes me to roll them. Do you want to know what I...

  • Jennifer
    Feb 01, 2008

    This book really makes you take a good hard look at yourself and your behavior, which is why I think a lot of people don't like this book. It's a lecture and most people don't like to get lectured. I ...

  • Richard
    Jul 30, 2007

    Ayn Rand's characters are almost completely defined by the extent to which they embrace her beliefs. A good guy by definition is someone who agrees with her; a bad guy someone who dares to have a diff...

  • Jason Pettus
    Jul 09, 2007

    Would you like to hear the only joke I've ever written? Q: "How many Objectivists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" A: (Pause, then disdainfully) "Uh...one!" And thus it is that so many of us hav...

  • deanna
    Apr 17, 2007

    The best way to understand Rand's message in this book is to simply close it, and beat yourself over the head with it as hard as possible. This is essentially what Rand does throughout it's ridiculous...

  • Christopher
    Feb 12, 2008

    As Ayn Rand's immortal opus, Atlas Shrugged, stands as a tome to a philosophy that is relevant today as it was in her time. Basically, the major moral theme is that there are two types of people in th...

  • Seth
    Jun 05, 2007

    This book, as much as I detest it, is actually rather useful. Those who have read it tend to be those whom I most especially desire to avoid. Because those who have read it are invariably proud of the...

  • Simon
    Sep 08, 2007

    Absolutely terrible.Imagine an analogous situation:A white supremacist writes a book in which all the white characters are great and all the black characters are awful. If you were to read that book a...

  • Sparrow
    Jul 10, 2008

    I was visiting an old friend for the past few days, and she showed me this cover of Atlas Shrugged I made for her when we lived in Ukraine:[image error]It was a necessary repair, but it pretty much pr...

  • Richard Derus
    Aug 16, 2012

    UPDATE 8/25! This blog debunks some of the Aynholes' major misunderstandings about the book.Pretentious poseur writes pseudophilosophical apologia for being a sociopath. Distasteful in the extreme.[im...