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Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Paperback Published: 2nd February 1997
ISBN: 9780451191144
Number Of Pages: 1096
For Ages: 18+ years old

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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.


A different view


presentation of another way of looking at the possibilities of western culture

Sydney Australia




Ayn Rand writes poetically and yet the language never sounds stilted. I quickly became swept up in the concerns of the protagonists and found it hard to put the book down. Every detail contributes necessary insights to the whole. The characters and their actions exemplify the results of cultural, commercial, and philosophical attitudes to economics and business in a way which critically examines the shadows of capitalism and the underpinnings of how our society works. As relevant now as when it was written. Wish I'd bought a hardback version, as this is one novel I will be re-reading many times.

Tyalgum, NSW, Australia


Should be compulsory reading! (irony intended)


If you don't see the irony you need to read this book. Ayn Rand used an interesting and easy to follow story line to convey her philosophy and the moral reasoning behind it. For me the book was full of 'penny drop' moments, and when I read it again I am sure there will be many more that I missed the first time around. My only criticism is that the chapter containing Galts speech is a bit hard to get through and I don't think added much to what was already conveyed in the main story.

Adelaide AU


excellent book


great book and a great read, text size is large and easy to read.

Adelaide, AU


very small print - suit traveller.


I love Atlas Shrugged... top story. But this book has tiny print, which you get used to but took a while. Good for someone travelling or to read on the train etc as it is fairly compact. Avoid this edition if you have bad eyes, and spend a few extra bucks for a full sized print copy.



Font way too small - buy a different one


I think the font size in this edition is size 5 or 6. I don't wear glasses (or need them), but to read this I would have to buy a magnifying glass. Was disappointed that there wasn't a warning with it. Ill have to get another copy with larger font as I've heard it is a great book and I loved The Fountainhead.



Atlas Shrugged

4.0 6


'Who is John Galt?' This is the immortal query that is central to this incredible mystery story about the murder and rebirth of one man's spirit. Rand explores why a man will fight battles against the people he loves, in her endeavour to express her vision of human existence. Known the world over for her philosphical works on objectivism, Rand also shows herself to be an extremely accomplished writer of fiction. (Kirkus UK)

Contextp. 1
Plot Overviewp. 5
Character Listp. 9
Analysis of Major Charactersp. 13
John Galtp. 13
Dagny Taggartp. 13
James (Jim) Taggartp. 14
Hank Reardenp. 14
Francisco D'Anconiap. 15
Themes, Motifs & Symbolsp. 17
The Importance of the Mindp. 17
The Evils of Collectivismp. 17
The Need to Integrate Mind and Bodyp. 18
Rhetorical Questionsp. 18
Motive Powerp. 18
Bridgesp. 19
The Sign of the Dollarp. 19
The Braceletp. 19
Wyatt's Torchp. 20
Atlasp. 20
Summary & Analysisp. 21
Part One, Chapters I-IIp. 21
Part One, Chapters III-IVp. 24
Part One, Chapters V-VIp. 28
Part One, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 31
Part One, Chapters IX-Xp. 34
Part Two, Chapters I-IIp. 37
Part Two, Chapters III-IVp. 41
Part Two, Chapters V-VIp. 44
Part Two, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 46
Part Two, Chapters IX-Xp. 49
Part Three, Chapters I-IIp. 51
Part Three, Chapters III-IVp. 54
Part Three, Chapters V-VIp. 58
Part Three, Chapters VII-VIIIp. 61
Part Three: Chapters IX-Xp. 64
Important Quotations Explainedp. 66
Key Factsp. 71
Study Questions & Essay Topicsp. 74
Study Questionsp. 74
Suggested Essay Topicsp. 77
Review & Resourcesp. 78
Quizp. 78
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 84
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ISBN: 9780451191144
ISBN-10: 0451191145
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1096
Published: 2nd February 1997
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.7  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1

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