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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. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers. Atlas Shrugged is 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 stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder--and rebirth--of man's spirit.
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Talk about a must read
This is a PERFECT read for upcoming adults and teenagers to see how they should be thinking, and how government is run

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perfect depiction of government and business
perfect deception of how governments can harm innovation and try to protect their financial interests any way possible. there's a movie out about it now as well.

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Who is John Galt?
Classic read. Definitely slanted but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Read Philosophy, Do Not Fear It
I want to say from the beginning that one does not need to agree with a philosophy to appreciate it. Obviously most of the critics and some of the supporters have never read this work. One need not approve of communism to give the Communist Manifesto a high rating but it is certainly a must read.

Ayn Rand's philosophy is known as objectivism. It is essentially having a objective reason and purpose for every action you commit.

Atlas Shrugged is one of two major novels that outlines her entire philosophy while trying to show how it would be applied. That is why this book deserves a 5 star rating. Any philosopher can give generic ideas with no application. Rand puts it all on the line to show exactly how she means her philosophy to be interpreted.

The student of philosophy will be able to understand her philosophy quite clearly after reading this. If you agree with her philosophy you should encourage others to read this book. If this book is so clearly wrong then you should encourage others to read it so they will see how clearly wrong it is. Those that want it burned or object to others reading it know that she offers some very strong arguments for a position they clearly do not want to be true.

This book takes place probably around the 1950s. It is centered around the industrial sector of the U.S., the only government that has not become a People's State. The main character in this book is Dagny Taggart. She is a no-nonsense VP of Operations for the largest railroad in the world. She is intelligent and is solely driven to keeping her RR as the best.

The times are dim and getting dimmer. In the beginning the country is in a recession of sorts and it is up to Taggart and others like her to save the country. There are two problems that are preventing her from doing this. One, the government seeks more and more control when it should be stepping away. Second, the men of industry are disappearing one by one just when they are critically needed. No one knows where they go off to.

In the sense of a novel this is a good one. It is suspenseful and intriguing. Everyone can identify with the characters in this book. Most of the antagonists have been left rather shallow. That is on purpose. They are supposed to represent certain elements of society. This book can get dry at times. One man has a 60 page speech that can seem a little preachy at times but is wholly necessary within the context of the novel.

Ayn Rand is perhaps the best known and widest read philosopher of the 20th century. If you have any interest in philosophy or economics then this is a must read. Don't fear her teachings. An open mind is a dangerous thing to some people.

The most important thing to remember is not to take everything you read here as dogma. Think for yourself and apply whatever ideas make sense to you and ignore that which you don't like. Think for yourself. I think Rand would object to anyone blindly following her philosophy without actually believing in it. No one says you can't be charitable to others. Just make sure you do it of your own volition and not because it is expected of you or because you feel guilty.

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Who is John Galt?
This book was not light reading and I read it one chapter at a time. The characters are black and white, but I think the author had no choice but to create black and white characters in order to get the theme across to the reader. The book's theme is about illustrating how much we all depend on the great industrialists and inventors, by showing what would happen to society if they all went on strike. A railroad president, a steel magnate, a copper baron, and a mysterious inventor are some of the main characters in the book, who believe in the unlimited potential of the human mind and human ability. Moreover, they believe that happiness is a choice, and is related to taking full responsibility for your choices. (Many of the characters in Thomas W. Cronin's Mars stories have attitudes similar to those of the main characters in this book. Ayn Rand would probably have approved of them. See my review of the latest: GLORY BE TO MARS.)

I recommend ATLAS SHRUGGED as a thought provoking book. The author succeeds in inspiring you to take full responsibility for where you are at, where you have been, and where you want to go. It's not up to government, society, or your boss, or your dog to create the life you desire. Many of the negative characters in the book believe it is somehow their birthright to have others look after them, without having done anything to earn it. The book is sometimes very long-winded, especially the speech by the inventor John Galt.

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Long but good
If you are a rational person, you'll most likely enjoy this. She is very wordy however.

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Mind Blowing
This book was very highly recommended to me by a friend when I was younger. Just seeing it is pretty intimidating, (its like a brick you could seriously probably kill someone with it lol) and it starts off very slow. I must admit, the first time I attempted to read it I quit after the first chapter because I wasn't sure what to expect and the story didn't exactly appeal to me early on. The novel begins with the childhood memories of Dagny Taggart, the heiress to a railroad empire and her adolescent love affair with a rich Spanish kid. I wanted to throw up I couldn't believe someone had recommended this romance novel to me! After some time had passed and I was in need of a book to read I decided to give this one another shot. Let me say it was one of the best decisions of my life!

Without giving too much of the storyline away, I will say that shortly after the introduction the book begins to take a turn down a dark and mysterious road. As the chapters progress, more and more details are revealed about the motivations and beliefs of the characters, and this book sure has some strong characters! The struggles and the triumphs of the protagonists are truly epic. The story draws you in and the content is sure to move you on a metaphysical level. The characters in the story are each used to portray certain relms of human emotion, and when you pay attention to the subtleties of this book you will certainly be blown away.

If there is a critisism its that the book is a bit legthy and wordy. Some passages durning the long monlogues can seem a bit redundant but it doesn't detract from the overall message and quality. I personally feel that to characterize this book as "conservative" or "elitist" is missing the point. By putting a label on the characters or ideals in the book you dillude the true meaning, which is learning the value of individuality and not to compromise your beliefs. To me the point of the book is to learn about yourself and what it means to be an individual, so to classify this book in any shape or form takes away from the unique experience that each reader is supposed to find and indentify for themselves.

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