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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.
presentation of another way of looking at the possibilities of western culture
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.
great book and a great read, text size is large and easy to read.
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.
'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)
Analysis of Major Characters
James (Jim) Taggart
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
The Importance of the Mind
The Evils of Collectivism
The Need to Integrate Mind and Body
The Sign of the Dollar
Summary & Analysis
Part One, Chapters I-II
Part One, Chapters III-IV
Part One, Chapters V-VI
Part One, Chapters VII-VIII
Part One, Chapters IX-X
Part Two, Chapters I-II
Part Two, Chapters III-IV
Part Two, Chapters V-VI
Part Two, Chapters VII-VIII
Part Two, Chapters IX-X
Part Three, Chapters I-II
Part Three, Chapters III-IV
Part Three, Chapters V-VI
Part Three, Chapters VII-VIII
Part Three: Chapters IX-X
Important Quotations Explained
Study Questions & Essay Topics
Suggested Essay Topics
Review & Resources
Suggestions for Further Reading
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ISBN: 9780451191144 ISBN-10: 0451191145 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 1096 Published: 2nd February 1997 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 17.5 x 10.7
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1