Atlas Shrugged

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Penguin Publishing Group, Apr 21, 2005 - Fiction - 1088 pages
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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.

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Very vivid and descriptive writing. - Goodreads
As prose, the story is absurd. - Goodreads
The premise of this book is an interesting idea... - Goodreads
All this, and it wasn't boring or hard to read at all. - Goodreads
Her insight into the future is impressive. - Goodreads
Worse than the weak plot, however, are the characters. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chris Lowe - Goodreads

I really liked this book when I first read it; thinking it made so much sense. In hindsight the ideals are problematic in real world practice. I still think of it fondly as a good piece of science fiction and for Rand's writing. Read full review

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User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

So here's the deal with this book. I started listening to the audiobook for this, because it was the only audiobook I HAD when I started a new job, and I had NO IDEA the book was so frickin long ... Read full review

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AYN RAND is the author of "Anthem, The Fountainhead, " and "Atlas Shrugged", and numerous non-fiction essays on philosophy, ethics, politics, art, and literature. Her philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience of adherents and admirers. She died in March 1982.

Leonard Peikoff is universally recognized as the preeminent Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Ayn Rand for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at Hunter College, Long Island University, and New York University and lectures on Rand's philosophy throughout the country. He lives in Southern California.

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