Atlas Shrugged Online PDF by Ayn Rand
Click Here to Download the Book 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 of a man’s body, but 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.
Reviews I am not John Galt. I am not an "Objectivist." But Atlas Shrugged is a great novel. I found the plot compelling, the characters fascinating and complex even if flawed, and the philosophy intriguing both when it's right and when it's horribly wrong. And for a thousand-page novel, the pacing is excellent for the most part. Sure, for a book that claims to reject contradictions, it's full of them--most notably, that a man who professes to choose reality with no illusions is in fact a fictional character. Sometimes the heroic men of action come across as overprivileged whiners, such as when a man who inherited a mine complains about the workers whose jobs he claims to have provided for them. And the story suggests that the consequence of its glorified "selfishness" is starvation, needless death, and the collapse of society. But even through all of it, the story is full of energy and food for thought. You don't have to agree with it to like it. To me it's like Dostoevsky--sometimes amazingly insightful, at other times just weird, but rarely dull. And crazily enough, today the novel reads like an indictment of modern corporate America, in which the "looters" are not the "thieving poor" but are in fact the Wall Streeters who have made gobs of money while not producing anything of value--and in the case of the mortgage industry for example, actually destroyed value. Whether Rand's philosophy is good or bad, it's clear to me now that the people who claim to follow her actually didn't listen to her at all. Corporate America thinks it's Hank Rearden but is actually Jim Taggart. In short, don't be afraid to read Atlas Shrugged. It's like a car--dangerous in the hands of a reckless driver, but helpful and even fun for someone who uses it wisely.
When I read Atlas Shrugged, it spoke to me. I was 22 years old and had worked enough to see that where I was trying my best and wanting to learn the best way to do my job, others did not care. Yet, they were getting the same salary I was and the bosses and supervisors were fine with this because they were pals with them. I wanted to speak my mind and say when I thought something wasn't right or could be done better. However, I could not find anyone who cared. But, this still did not deter me in wanting to do my best and this brought its rewards. I was promoted above others eventually and had my own style of management which went along the lines of Total Quality. I am still that person. If friends came around for breakfast, I enjoyed hearing that my fried eggs were the best they had ever tasted. And, that is the John Galt in me. Atlas Shrugged to me is about wanting to live your life in pursuit of what you believe in. It is about finding your own creativity and artist in yourself. It is about leaving nothing left. And this is the way to live your life, to do
your job, to love and have relationships.
Moral: You cannot have your cake and eat it too. This, to me, is a dramatization of what may happen if the greatest economic forces of the day are bridled through an abundance of social policy and egalitarianism. Though the plot seems a bit far-fetched, the underlying principle that greed, slothfulness, entitlement, and free-riding, can cause unforeseen detrimental consequences in a capitalist society, should not be overlooked. I found myself agreeing with many of the social principles, in principle only, but then recognizing that application of these principles in society will not produce the equality intended and will lower the overall economic productivity of the society by way of inefficient use of capital. The capitalist in me enjoyed this book. The Christian in me was confused. My common sense convinced me that there is a profound truth underpinning Atlas Shrugged. With so much at stake in today's world, is there time left to attempt to live by the "higher laws" of perfect equality of opportunity AND outcome that so many people preach today? This book details how our greed (often under the facade of social good) can completely blind us to the extreme dangers and threats to our freedom lurking behind the ideology of social equity and mercy without justice. If you can't tell, I am passionate about this subject! This is a must read... I highly recommend this book.
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