Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

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Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller--n ominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read .

Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?

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 amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.

Atlas Shrugged , a modern classic and Rand's most extensive statement of Objectivism--her groundbreaking philosophy--offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century's leading artists.
Publisher: New York : Plume, [1999], c1992.
ISBN: 9780452011878
Branch Call Number: FIC/RAND
Characteristics: xv, 1168 p. ; 23 cm.

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ninanna
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...

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naturalist
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
https://www.salon.com/2014/02/28/the_rights_ayn_rand_hypocrisy_why_their_religious_posture_is_a_total_sham/
and,
“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
http://www.openculture.com/2010/11/ayn_rand_talks_atheism_with_phil_donahue_.html
and,
“Ayn Rand: Conservatives' Abortion-Rights, Anti-Religion Inspiration”
by Frank James, posted November 14, 2011, at NPR
https://www.npr.org/sections/itsallpolitics/2011/11/14/142300606/ayn-rand-conservatives-pro-abortion-anti-religion-inspiration

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librarylord99
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.

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Open_Sesame
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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donkeyhote
Mar 11, 2018

Years ago I stumbled on a book in BP Library from an author: Solomon Tulbure. I am not telling you the title, because the title alone is a delicate thing to write down. It was a stunning read, try to find it - it mentions this "Atlas Shrugged" book. it says (I paraphrase): "We asked Her Majesty, Ayn Rand to write down our philosophy." Now, to know that philosophy, read Tulbure's book (2001). It says that those who cannot make a living in the Free Enterprise system should be sterilized or sent out to Space. If we glorify individual selfishness, we glorify constant conflict among individuals. Well, in Tulbure's book (read it, it will amaze you) you find info you'll not find anywhere else. It will give you a perspective to interpret Ayn Rand's book. And if that philosophy glorifies individual selfishness, that attitude is not meant for everybody. Read also the book "The Ghost In The Machine" by Arthur Koestler (1967), in which the author tells about plans for the future of Mankind, which is a two-tier society. The lower tier, obviously, will not be allowed to be selfish. This amounts to a modern slavery. Only the upper tier will be allowed to be selfish, and even those will have to be careful not to create conflict with their selfishness. The group that Mr. Tullbure calls "we" is a very influential and secretive one, in fact I could liken it to Lord Voldemort in the H.P. story. If you take the trouble to find Dr. Tulbure's book in BPL you will have a small glimpse into a very special world. Tulbure calls Ms. Rand "Her Majesty" and in the end he gives thanks to "The Sisters In The Orion," because they believe they receive guidance from the Star Sirius in the Orion Constellation. He even gives the reader information on how someone can join them thru a very special screening process, and where. Tulbure's book is a unique book, and you don't understand the real message of Ms. Rand's book without reading Tulbure's book. It will make you dizzy, and the picture on the front cover is something that will make you think. Now, to make your mind reel: Sirius in the Orion is the Morning Star, represented in Ancient Egypt as the five-pointed star, which is the star of Communism too, and it's the star of Lucifer in the OT and it's the Bethlehem Star in the NT; and the Pyramids of Egypt (arrangement and relative sizes) are a copy on earth of the Orion Constellation.

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EarleneGlasgow
Mar 11, 2018

When the greatest minds in society leave their posts without a trace, it is up to Dagny Taggart - head of a transcontinental train line - to investigate. She discovers that a man named John Galt is the key to these disappearances and leaves her asking "Who is John Galt?"

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Karen500
Jan 24, 2018

This rates as a book "to make you go hmmmmmmmm". Paints a clear vision of Rand's philosophy of 'objectivism'. You can't help but agree to parts and totally disagree with other parts. Can totally see how far right-wing conservatives embrace this philosophy with it's view on government and social programs. Actually, we can see it in practice now, with President Trump's Republicans repealing of their corporate taxes. We'll see how well it goes. Early days still, but looking like the global corporate world is 'buying in'. We have to see now if the profits trickle down to the workers and what happens to issues like education and infrastructure.
The writing style of this book could have used a good editor. I suppose she just really wanted the reader to understand her 'vision'. However it makes for a long tedious slog of a read. She reiterates a concept to death, but you really do get to understand her message!
A must read if interested in politics and societal shifts.

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Derringer
Oct 18, 2017

According to author, Ayn Rand (quote) "Selfishness is a virtue."

While reading "Atlas Shrugged" - Make it a point of keeping Rand's philosophy about selfishness firmly in mind. It'll certainly help you to understand more clearly WTF? she's ranting and raving about in this preposterous, overlong story about an architect's struggle not to conform and cave-in to a mob mentality.

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Roadbrains
Jul 08, 2017

There are enough reviews of Atlas Shrugged to help you decide if it's for you or not. For my money, it's the best book ever written about achievement, and those who create value in the world. Let me instead, share something about Ayn Rand and her philosophy.

The New York Times published an article back in early October 2009 about the dearth of Women philosophers. They had a photo of Ayn Rand at the beginning of the article. Some snide commentators, mostly from academia, complained that Rand wasn't a philosopher. Since she is so much in the news today, I thought it might be of value to post my published response here with a few minor changes:

Ayn Rand's sin, for which she can't be forgiven by many academics, is that her writing is intelligible to the general public. She wrote philosophical novels that continue to be accessible to the man and woman in the street.

She believed in the power of reason. She rejected the mind-body dichotomy. She wrote about the supreme power and practicality of moral ideas. And she created a philosophical system—Objectivism—for anyone who may be interested, not just philosophers.

Perhaps Rand's greatest sin, however, was her total rejection of altruism as a moral ideal. For this, she will never be forgiven by those on the political left and right who realize that altruism is the linchpin of everything they profess to believe.

Those who think that philosophy should help them lead a productive and successful life owe Ayn Rand a debt of gratitude for her great sin of clarity.

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beth_klassen
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

EuSei Aug 14, 2012

What's wealth but the means of expanding one's life? There's two ways one can do it: either by producing more or by producing it faster. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

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