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Atlas Shrugged

83 Ratings: 3.2
A book written by the philosopher Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. It was Rand's fourth, longest, and last novel, and she considered it her magnum opus in the realm of fiction writing. As indicated by its working title The Strike, … see full wiki

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Author: Rand, Ayn
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Date Published: April 21, 2005
18 reviews about Atlas Shrugged
review by . January 07, 2008
I reread Atlas shrugged, and as befits a classic, my review is even stronger this time. This time around, I read and listened to the audio book version together, highlighting key passages for their philosophical insight. There are 500 pages of a great novel, 500 pages of a comprehensive objective philosophy survey textbook, and 200 pages that could have been edited out to make this 1200 page concrete block more portable.     Still, my first review holds true: this must rate as …
review by . July 09, 2010
Who the hell is John Galt???  This is a question of desperation, and certainly hope.   Not the sort of hope in others, Not a sort of passive hope, but a hope that my own determination, resolve, understanding and implementation of that understanding will keep the world going round on a path towards exquisite rightness.  I felt disgusted by the wrongness and seemingly hopelessness of certain character groups.  I fell in love several times during this book.  I laughed, …
review by . July 23, 2010
I have read this book perhaps six or seven times over the years.  Having just read another review of it, I think it may be time to read it again.  It's the kind of book that with each reading, speaks to you differently depending on where you are in your own passage through life.      Besides setting forth an interesting philosophy of life, it develops the plot and the characters in such a way that I was immediately sucked into the story and was lost until I finished …
review by . May 06, 2009
It took me six weeks but last night I read the final sentence of Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" with a huge sigh of satisfaction and a total sense of accomplishment.  If anyone is interested in reading a book of this size, I suggest buying the Cliff Notes and reading the theme and character analysis from each chapter.  It is a wonderful way to dive into the deeper meanings as well as  keep the characters straight (thank you sister Sara for that gem!).    I will be …
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
You don't have to be a capitalist fanatic to love this thrilling, entertaining, and provocative page-turner by the late genius, Ayn Rand.
review by . August 04, 2009
    I read "Atlas Shrugged" years ago, and have been tempted to read it again, especially now as our government is trying to totally control all economic activity based on their greed for power. All ethics should be based on freedom for each individual. I believe this is the premise that Ayn Rand is basing her philosophy, if my recollection is correct. Government pays for its greed for power by forcefully taking from hard working, successful individuals to promote their …
Quick Tip by . July 09, 2010
Read it twice, both times in less than a sleepless week. I think I'll read it again!
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
Best book ever - hands down.
Quick Tip by . June 25, 2010
Honestly, when I even think about this book I get excited all over again. It's so moving. Every single line feels so important. So, so amazing.
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
I picked up this book expecting a long slog, after a few chapters I became hooked. I read, and I began to love some of the characters and the pace and breadth of the plot. Unfortunately, somewhere past the halfway point, the book seemed to morph into an extremely lengthy brief of Ms. Rand's personal ideology. Worse, the characters began to seem transparent shills for her philosophy. Read the Fountainhead, its like a thousand pages shorter and you'll get the same ideas out of it.
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
Although, this is book is founded on objectivism I believe there's really a lot more than meets the eye. The affairs, complexity of emotions, and beautiful, beautiful images drawn from this book definitely have left more of an influence on me. To capture the character of people so wonderfully is truly a gift.
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
darn good book
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
ayn rand makes me ashamed to be an american woman.
Quick Tip by . June 16, 2010
great rationalization
review by . September 30, 2009
This is undoubtably one of the best books I have ever read. It starts off with the magical question, "Who is John Galt?" That is probably the greatest catch phrase I have ever seen in a book. I was hooked from the start . A political attack on Socialism, the book shows how the Capitalist society and the rewards for doing "actual work" by the individual works every time.      he book shows how society is always trying to stifle creativity and how the have …
review by . October 08, 2002
This is undoubtably one of the best books I have ever read. It starts off with the magical question, "Who is John Galt?" That is probably the greatest catch phrase I have ever seen in a book. I was hooked from the start.A political attack on Socialism, the book shows how the Capitalist society and the rewards for doing "actual work" by the individual works every time.The book shows how society is always trying to stifle creativity and how the have nots always want what the haves already got without …
review by . January 22, 2002
What is it about this book that makes the people want to praise it to the skies or condemn it...whoever did read this book (at least all the 50 odd people I know who read it) never remained non-commital about it. Even if you are not seeking out Ayn Rand's objectivist philosophy, this book makes you think. Think a lot. And in my opinion, any book that does that, is definitely worth a shot.Personally, I found it one of the best books I ever read. It would be in my personal top 20 !
review by . November 20, 2000
Wow! There's a considerably divisive element permeating the reviews for this book. People either think it's a laughably bad philosophy novel (which I can understand, to an extent) or an indelible story of the inevitable triumph of the human spirit through Ayn Rand's Objectivism philosophy. A lot of the reviews here seem to eschew examining the content of the book itself, and direct their comments towards the philosophy. I will not do this. I guess this is unavoidable, as the book faces the reader …
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