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Atlas Shrugged 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 convictionsThis 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

About the Author: Ayn Rand

Alisa Rosenbaum was born in pre revolutionary St Petersburg to a prosperous Jewish family When the Bolsheviks requisitioned the pharmacy owned by her father, Fronz, the Rosenbaums fled to the Crimea Alisa returned to the city renamed Leningrad to attend the university, but in 1926 relatives who had already settled in America offered her the chance of joining them there With money from the sale of her mother s jewelry, Alisa bought a ticket to New York On arrival at Ellis Island, she changed into Ayn after a name of some Finnish author, probably Aino Rand which she said was an abbreviation of her Russian surname She moved swiftly to Hollywood, where she learned English, worked in the RKO wardrobe department and as an extra, and wrote through the night on screenplays and novels She also married a bit part actor called Frank O Connor because he was beautiful and because her original visitor s visa had run out.Rand sold her first screenplay in 1932, but nobody would buy her first novel We the Living 1936 a melodrama set in Russia Her first real success was The Fountainhead rejected bythan ten publishers before publication in 1943.She started a new philosophy known as Objectivism, opposed to state interference of all kinds, and her follow up novel Atlas Shrugged 1957 describes a group who attempt to escape America s conspiracy of mediocrity Objectivism has been an influence on various other movements such as Libertarianism, and Rand s vocal support for Laissez faire Capitalism and the free market has earned her a distinct spot among American philosophers, and philosophers in general.

10 thoughts on “Atlas Shrugged

  1. Jason Jason says:

    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 ve learned after spending nea

  2. Jennifer Jennifer says:

    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 loved it It gave me a good swift ki

  3. Richard Richard says:

    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 different point of view For all the lip servic

  4. deanna deanna says:

    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 length I see no reason that a book with a stron

  5. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    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 Uhone And thus it is that so many of us have such a complicated relationship with the work of Ayn Rand unabashe

  6. Christopher Christopher says:

    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 the world the Creators and the Leeches.The Creators are the inno

  7. Seth Seth says:

    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 fact ostentatiously so it is even easier for me to keep my life free

  8. Simon Simon says:

    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 and as a result buy into white supremacy that would make you an utter utter f

  9. Meredith Holley Meredith Holley says:

    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 proves I should be a cover designer._____________________________________________Orig

  10. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    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 UPDATE 8 25 This blog debunks some of the Aynholes major misunderstandings about the book.Prete

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