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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 This massive 1,168 page magnum opus of Ayn (pronounced: I-n, like the word "aye" with an "n" at the end) Rand is not just a novel, it is a philosophical treatise. Whether or not you agree with her philosophy is up to you, but either way, you can still appreciate the book as incredible literature. Dagny Taggart is the operating VP of the largest railroad company in the U.S. The novel opens with Dagny facing the dilemma of having to replace thousands of miles of steel rails, because her tracks are falling apart. The entire country's economy relies on her railroad to transport precious goods from coast to coast. At odds with Dagny is her brother, James, the president of the company, who makes irrational decisions. But then the plot thickens with the introduction of Hank Rearden. Hank is a self-made steel magnate, who also holds the patent to a new alloy that proves to be the most durable metal and is cheaper to produce than steel. Opposing Hank Rearden are not only his competitors, but also a group of highly influential politicians, businessmen, artists, and media moguls bent on making all industries "fair" and leveling the playing field for the less fortunate. This powerful group seems hell-bent on turning the U.S. into a Communist country. Ayn Rand, having fled Communist USSR, embraces the ideals of capitalism, and it shows throughout in ATLAS SHRUGGED. The central theme of the novel lies in the question, what if all of the greatest minds of the world decided to give up, stop producing, and took their talents elsewhere? What will happen to the world then? What if Atlas, who holds the world up on his shoulders decided to just shrug his responsibilities?
This is the greatest book I have ever read. I first read it in college and why I waited decades to read it again, I have no idea. I knew then that I would never read a better book. A 1168 page book is daunting to begin, but I found as I read it that I was constantly glad to see how much book was still held in my right hand, because I did not want it to end. I thought about it, dreamed about it and am still thinking about it although I finished it a few days ago. Ayn Rand is known for her philosophy of Individualism, and this is known as her greatest book. However, this is far more than a tribute to her philosophies - it is a work of fiction. It is a story of wonderful men, a strong and capable woman, and their battles against an evil overtaking, not just America where it is set, but the world. Atlas Shrugged is an intellectual mystery story that brings together ethics, politics, economics, love, loyalty, and sex. This book contains true heroes the like of which I have not read about before. If the purpose of a romantic novel is for the female reader to fall in love with the hero, then this one worked. There are more heroes than I can count, but four stand out and I fell in love with each one of them and loved them to the end. If you like the brotherhood/loyalty kind of bond between men, this story beautifully portrays
that bond. The story is Dagny Taggart's story. She and her brother inherited and run the greatest transcontinental railroad in America. I should say they both inherited it but it is Dagny who runs it. She is a heroine to admire while experiencing the great loves and great pain that goes along with her life and her battle to be "the last man standing" against the destruction of America. I can't say enough about this book. I will add one thing. If you are not into the philosophies that run through this book, I do believe you could skim the parts that do not interest you and still find this an amazing read. Why? Because knowing Dagny, Francisco, Hank, and the rest will be a trip you won't forget.
Ayn Rand has a way of making her characters integrated and complete. Conflicts aren't just between characters but between ideologies and reactions to a world that is no longer allowing people to lie to themselves about their value. In this book there are those that move the world and those that want to believe they do and this novel distinguishes the two down to the philosophy of each. Some people know what they are living for with passion and focus and some don't. It's the realizations that make this story great for me, especially the ones people don't want to believe about themselves. While this is one of my favorite books, it's not all great. The language in the book leaves very little to the reader's imagination. She has a vision of this world and it is at times descriptive to a fault. There are times when someone literally gets on a soap box, which I don't think is good literature but is total Ayn Rand. It's long and sometimes arduous, but it's worth it.
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