Atlas Shrugged 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 Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, sets up the “what if” scenario. What if the world’s industrialists, producers, inventors, and great artists decided to go on strike? Rand creates a kind of Revelations-like Armageddon in which the world slowly collapses from their inexplicable absence. Tunnels, buildings, and trains begin crumbling at frightening frequency. Music becomes nothing but a few repetitive songs. Literature fades into mere propaganda. The government’s centralizing of power represents mankind’s inevitable downfall, as the political class commandeers science, industry, and art as tools to use for its own power; corruption and cronyism become the norms by which laws are passed and enforced. Mass hysteria for the “collective good” replaces rationality and independent thought. Rand’s novel is important because no one has before or since written anything like it. When I first learned of Ayn Rand twenty years ago, I was shocked that a writer dared to butt heads with the literary establishment, most of which come from the far left. Rand originated the philosophy of Objectivism, which, in short, defines rationality above idealism. Yet Atlas Shrugged is itself idealistic. Rand creates a surreal world of villains and superheroes. In one memorable scene toward the end, the main characters whip out guns and overtake a death ray contraption that the government hopes to use against dissenters. While reading that scene, I couldn't help but recall the girls in the crime-fighting TV show Charlie's Angels. Despite idealistic and even cartoonish scenes like this, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical masterpiece, written in a clear and imaginative style, and illustrates what has befallen much of mankind throughout the past two hundred years, and foretells what might find its way to the United States.
Though I opted to listen to the audio version of this book I can still give it a top rating. The content is tremendous and as applicable today as it was when Rand wrote this. I find it amusing to see the 1000+ people who have rated this 2 stars or less. The basis for their ratings is on pieces of the novel rather than the overall theme of the novel. I am not sure why someone would spend the time to read this novel if they go into it knowing they do not agree with the objectivist philosophy. I'm not going to read Clinton's book or any of his cronies books just to give the books poor ratings. Be serious people. Read a book because you are interested and be objective in your criticisms. Though there are many criticisms of this book there are 11000+ reviews that 4 stars or more. If you chose to read this book just have an open mind and do not start reading with nany preconceptions for or against Rand and the Objectivist Philosophy. The book is quite long and one can argue it could be cut down but
that would actually take away from the details of how the "looters" not only gain control but also abuse it.
"When geniuses are free to think and create, the common man flourishes. When geniuses are stifled and restricted, the common man suffers." Where do you think we stand today? I am rather embarrassed to find that I have reached my current age and have never before read Atlas Shrugged. Written in 1957, the novel was thought to be almost "science fiction", but not so today. In a way I am happy to have read it for the first time. How much government intervention is too much government intervention? Is it when we need new laws to correct the damage of the former laws? Is it when the President's Inaugural speaks of collective action instead of individual responsibility? When you read of Rand's Anti-Dog Eat Dog rule, how can you not think of the auto bail-outs, TARP, or any company that is "too big to fail." How about the Equalization of Opportunity Bill, doesn't it resemble any redistribution of wealth scheme, including taxing the rich? Is New York's Fair Share Tax Reform one reason for the trend for citizens to leave states with "millionaire tax"? Are people really leaving states like Maryland, New York and California because of a tax situation? And honestly when you read about Rahm Emanuel sending a decaying dead fish to a pollster who had angered him, how can you help not thinking of Floyd Ferris in Atlas Shrugged? Does Mr. Thompson statement that he "has" the press make you wonder about what you have been hearing in the media. Is Atlas Shrugged fact meets fiction....I hope not! Atlas Shrugged is not an easy read, but an important one. I have learned so much by reading it. I have learned I value personal responsibility and will work harder to achieve my own highest potential. I know the difference between a looter (Wesley Mouch) and a moocher (all of Hank Rearden's family) and a producer (Hank and Dagny). I worry that someday looters and moochers could outnumber producers. If that should happen, how we would survive as a nation? I think Atlas Shrugged encourages us to examine how America was and how America is and how Amerca will be. I am reminded of one of the favorite movies of my nieces, The Princess and the Frog. The character Tiana (very much like Dagny!) sings a song, "...I've worked hard for every thing I've got, and that's the way it is supposed to be..." Perhaps instead of equality of outcomes, our government should be examining equality of opportunities and allowing each individual to soar. I recommend this book to everyone. It is an important book with an important message.
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