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Atlas Shrugged

A book written by the philosopher Ayn Rand

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Considering Reading it a Third Time!

  • Jul 9, 2010
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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, cried, and found myself intensely intertwined in the story as I questioned my former thoughts about big movers and the fulfillment of one's dreams.  I questioned how and whom my own genius is profiting and the consequence of not being my fullest.  I think that I got about an hour of sleep a night while I read for 4 days straight (it's a big book).  Even the second time that I read this I couldn't put it down.

I recommend this book to anyone who has a pleasure spot for reading.  If you are prepared to question your own reasoning regarding society and the governments role and affect on society;  If you are ready to redefine your thinking on the leaders of industry and our government involvement then read this.  If you are a sucker for love stories (like me), you will really appreciate this one.  This is an all time masterpiece!  Read it!

During a time when Industry was at an all time high, and women were not welcome in the field, our hero is a long, lean, female 'tycoon'.  The government is implementing 'for the people' regulations.
Dagny Taggart  selfishly loves him who reflects her highest values, and attempts to live up to her grandfather who founded the railroad that she desperately is trying to keep together so that the industrialists can continue shipping.

Who is John Galt?

This is number 1 on my all time favorite list.  I think it's on lots of other peoples' too because Ayn Rand, the author (may she rest in peace) has her own institute.  She has woven a new story together with a new way of telling stories that is not just a story but an entire philosophy.  I don't totally agree with it entirely, but I don't have to in order to appreciate this book.

Definitely, Definitely READ THIS BOOK.

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July 23, 2010
This book affected me as it did Hunnybunny! It's also my all time favorites which I think I may have read 6 or 7 times! Actually, I think that now I have more miles on me, it may be time to read it once again. Jill
 
July 14, 2010
Ayn Rand is truly a superb writer! Thanks for sharing your engaging review with us!
 
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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 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.
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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, the book explores a dystopian United States where leading industrialists and businessmen refuse to allow the government to exploit their labor for the "general good." The protagonist, Dagny Taggart, sees society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over all industry, while society's most productive citizens, led by the mysterious John Galt, progressively disappear. Galt describes the strike as "stopping the motor of the world" by withdrawing the "minds" that drive society's growth and productivity; with their strike these creative minds hope to demonstrate that the economy and society would collapse without the profit motive and the efforts of the rational and productive.
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ISBN-10: 0525948929 (Centennial hbk. ed)
ISBN-13: 9780525948926 (Centennial hbk. ed)
Author: Rand, Ayn
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Date Published: April 21, 2005
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