bobaloo, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by bobaloo)
This book is so prophetic. I defy anyone to read this book and not see the parallels in today's world. It is exactly what the current administration is doing to this country. Should be required reading at some point in EVERY student's curriculum.
Sandra Tucker, January 12, 2012 (view all comments by Sandra Tucker)
The way this novel was written made it feel real. It was like being home. I want to aspire to be like the business men and women in this novel. I want to be able to run my own company and have the common sense to make our country improve.
chefmelto, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by chefmelto)
Holy Cow! Ayn Rand was ahead of her time. The plot and characters have been seemingly plucked from her future. We're living much of the scenario Ms. Rand puts forth. I have found myself alternately cheering and frustrated with the situations her protagonists find themselves in.
Dagny and Hank struggle to maintain what they believe to be the integrity of a capitalist system shunned by the current administration of a country which is seeking to level the playing field for all currently living within its jurisdiction and without. Over a period of time, they come to the realization that they are enabling the slow death of everything they've striven to create.
There are many parallels between the era Ms. Rand writes about and our own. I have found it fascinating drawing the connections between our time and hers. Wonderful and enlightening book!
Unkus, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by Unkus)
Atlas Shrugged is such an appropriate book to read these days. It falls inline with all the financial struggles and government takeovers the US is going through today. This book was ahead of its time when it was written.
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Lucy Black, July 2, 2009 (view all comments by Lucy Black)
Although I’m not really into the whole laissez-faire capitalism the way I used to be, I’m still extremely fond of Ayn Rand. A lot of the points she makes in her writing are valid, even if her overall philosophy is a little extreme/idealistic. I can always appreciate someone who comes up with logical, intriguing arguments, even if I disagree with then, and Rand’s books do just that. I loved The Fountainhead, so I’m glad that her magnum opus didn’t turn out to be a disappointment. Atlas Shrugged is one of the most well-written novels I’ve read in a long time, if not ever. The plot and characters kept me completely engrossed for over a thousand pages (no small feat), and all the little pieces came together in the end so I didn’t feel like half the subplots were just wasting my time. Even the title is perfection. My only criticism (aside from the whole utopian capitalism bit) is Rand’s tendency to make certain characters go on lengthy, self-righteous moral tirades. It is somewhat excusable in a novel I suppose, but there’s a chapter towards the end that especially bugged me. Realistically, everyone would have stopped listening to the guy after about five minutes (if that). But since the guy is basically a rockstar of life, I guess the reader can pretend that his rhetoric is just that engaging.
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The decisions of a few industrial leaders shake the roots of capitalism and reawaken man's awareness of himself as an heroic being.
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Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.
Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, 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 woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her train tunnels.
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.
The story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world--and did. This novel is the setting for the author's philosophy of Objectivism.
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