Atlas ShruggedAyn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

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Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?

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 amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.

Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.

Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) Book Reviews

Atlas ShruggedThis is a great book, but not a perfect book. Nevertheless, I re-read it at about 5 year intervals, which means that I must have read it at least five times - and it is a long book. It is not perfect because character development is not uniformly good. The person who turns out to be the hero, late in the book, is an unbelievable character because he is too perfect and not well developed. Coupled with that is the fact that the wrong guy gets the girl! But the book makes one think, deeply. One must read this book as a part of his or her intellectual development - even if one does not agree with the philosophy embedded in the story. It is a gripping story - you will not be bored. RBS.Score: 5/5

Childish poorly writtenOne the worst book I’ve ever read. It’s embarrassingly bad. If you get through hundreds of page-long paragraphs of pointless blathering to get the essence of this book, you’ll be left with a childish premise that gets infantile as it nears the end. After hearing so many conversational references to this book and seeing it on so many bookshelves I decided to read it. I now doubt those who like this book have actually read it beginning to end..Score: 1/5

Trash.No need to say more..Score: 1/5

Better than ExpectedI have seen much negativity surrounding this book on the internet. I went into it with an open mind. Yes, there are strong political connotations in it. It is very easy to see why many people opposed to it are so up in arms. In my opinion it is simply a book, and there are other lessons to be leaerned other than just capitalism. It teaches the value of hard work and being proud of that hard work. It teaches that you should not let others steal what you have worked so hard to achieve. Honestly, I don't see why people go so crazy when you bring up this book, but I think it's because they are told what to say about this book by others without ever having read it themselves. I will definitely be reading this again..Score: 4/5

Book of my year...I was given this book along with the fountainhead in my senior of high school to read and it's been one of the most eye opening books I've ever read. I will proudly pass it on to my kids and hope they have a great understanding about life. I recommend this book along with The Fountainhead to everyone. Just be patient when reading it. It will be worth it..Score: 5/5

GarbageThis is an awful book, in both style and content. Using this book as a guide to building a better society is as ridiculous as using The Wizard of Oz as a guide to quantum physics..Score: 1/5

Atlas ShruggedThe greatest book ever written! Sometimes too idealist but EXACTLY how man should act, think and deal with all mankind. Describes the world today though it was written 50 years ago. Too bad our leaders can't HEAR it's truth! MAYBE??.Score: 5/5

WowI am somewhat embarrassed to admit that I just finished reading Atlas Shrugged, and imam 70 years old with a college degree. This is the most astounding book, except for the Bible, perhaps ever. I literally tell everyone that it is a must read, and I plan to read again! Who is John Galt!.Score: 5/5

Not fit for use as toilet paper.This book started out good, defining the moral wrong with taking from the folks who have earned wealth and giving it to slackers. (Sounded prophetic with the garbage we see going on with Obama) Sadly about 3/4 of the way through the book the author mocks the sacrifice of Jesus. Made me sick that a person would feel the right or need to do that. Delete!.Score: 1/5

Love love love this book!!!!!!I re-read this book every couple years. It will change the way you look at the world around you!.Score: 5/5

WOW!!A classic is a book that has something relevant to convey regardless of when it was written. This truly is one of my all time favorite classics. Perhaps more true today in the world of moochers and takers than ever. I'd heard of this book and never gotten to it. I'm glad I took the time. It was perfect in every way- whether you subscribe to it or not! Read it and see..Score: 5/5

😕😕😕Awful and so hard to understand. Super boring I couldn’t even finish it!.Score: 1/5

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Wonderful Story and MessageI would recommend this book to anyone. Although it is long, it wasn't too difficult to read and has a lasting impact..Score: 5/5

Timeless ClassicThis book is just as relevant today as it was back in the late 50's (if not more so..). A worthwhile read that you probably won't fly through in a weekend!.Score: 5/5

May be recommended however...I read this book as a requirement. I’m not a fan..Score: 1/5

A Modern MasterpieceHands-down the most compelling philosophical novel written in the past 100 years. If you find the reviews here to be polarizing - you're right. Some find Rand's views in direct contradiction of their own. However, even if you don't agree with all of Ms. Rand's beliefs, you are bound to enjoy her thrilling capstone achievement in this book, and maybe expand your beliefs as well..Score: 5/5

Great Book!I favor this philosophy..Score: 5/5

This is one of most farsighted books written since ww2.This book outlines what is happening I in the US today with the lies of the administration and freedoms taken away by liberals, the crookedness of the press , just to name a few. There are many more. Get this, it was written in 1957, by the daughter of a Russian family who witnessed what was going on in Russia then and serves a a clear reminder and indicator of what is going on in our country today. I have read it several times to center my thoughts if I feel I am drifting in my conservative foundation. For those who don’t understand it or “get it” stick to Animated books and productions. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. If anyone is interested,she has written many books all of which are worthy reads. Atlas Shrugged and all 1200 pages is one of the best books I have ever read..Score: 5/5

Meh.As a fantasy novel it’s turgid and long-winded. As philosophy, it’s intellectually bankrupt. As the foundation for a political Ideology, it misses the entire point of politics by focusing on the individual..Score: 1/5

Great 👍🏻I cant explain this book. It’s complex yet relatable plot will change the way any reader percepts reality. It’s impeccable philosophic backbone support the story, as it goes through numerous genres;fiction, philosophy, sci-fy, science fiction, romance, horror etc. I first watched the movies in 6th grade, and I was astonished be how much a story can change you. That is when I challenged myself to read the book in 7th grade and I immediately fell in love with it. The book is so good I kinda want to marry it. I have no idea how to explain this feeling, but all I can say is that you are missing out big time if you don’t read this...Score: 5/5

I Love It!Who is John Galt?.Score: 5/5

Fine bookGreat read superbly written. Too bad some people are so reactionary to her work. She really a fantastic writer. Its a long read but you will wish it was longer and you will want a quality movie made of it..Score: 5/5

AwesomeThis book changed the way I think about my right to be happy..Score: 5/5

Brevity: Look it upThis book doesn't make sense because Rand has combined the negative elements of her native Russia with what she finds ideal about the United States. Despite what she thinks, Capitalism can be corrupt. Businessmen can be corrupted by greed. The evil government thugs are ridiculous and must be a product of the Russia where she grew up. It might as well be a different planet. As a story, it's not bad, it's just too long. I'm shocked the publisher didn't tell her to cut a thousand pages. John Galt's radio monologue should have been reduced to five pages; a quarter of the way through it, I hated the hero of the book..Score: 2/5

Escaped IthicaPlease site where and when “Atlas Shrugged” was ever banned, or “removed from libraries”, as you claim in your review. I can’t find any evidence that it has ever been banned or “removed from libraries”, in the U.S..Score: 1/5

How did she knowAll this would be happening now.Score: 5/5

Exhaustive and exhausting!I'll just say this. Ayn Rand says in 10 pages what most could say in one page. Don't get me wrong. It is a worthwhile read, but if you watch the movies you will save much time and still get the important messages of the book.Score: 3/5

This book changed my lifeI only wish I read it earlier. Many interesting ideas and opinions, expressed through a fantastic storyline..Score: 5/5

I'm still trying to finish book one.I'm still on book on, and I've been literally on the last chapter. It's such a slow and hard read, but I think if you like political and philosophical fiction with a hint of sci if, you'll love this book..Score: 2/5

Awesomely sillyGreat stuff if you're an adolescent male, but mostly turgid prose that makes you reconsider the importance of English as a language. The Golden Bough_ is widely seen as crap science, only interesting for the literature it spawned--like, Yeats, Lovecraft, Howard and others: Rand will be chiefly known for spawning RUSH. Save your time, your life is short..Score: 1/5

Should be required reading...Atlas Shrugged should be required reading in our schools. This could be our own future if we continue with our disincentives to business and individual responsibility and productivity..Score: 5/5

Amazing novel. We’re living it now.I have this work on my iPad, on my desk, on a bookshelf and in my briefcase. Rand is a worthwhile, tough read. It gains nuance with additional reading..Score: 5/5

A Transformative NarrativeAyn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is more than a novel. It’s a voyage of self-discovery for those willing to think - for those who place thought upon the highest of pedestals. Rand liberates those afraid to espouse their inherent ideals by giving them - her adherents - the weapon of a clearly delineated moral code. For those who understand: ours is the creed of life..Score: 4/5

Most excellent.Who is John Galt in our world today? Elon Musk..Score: 5/5

Atlas shruggedGreat writing ! Seems as if she is writing about our America now. Everyone wants something for no work. Those who produce are forced out of business. Who will take care of America? Ponder that thought, thankful we can still vote freely..Score: 4/5

Worth the long haulOne of the best books ever written..Score: 5/5

Atlas ShruggedGreat book. This should be a required read for everyone....Score: 5/5

Atlas shruggedEvery good American should read this book. Not an easy read, but full of the right stuff..Score: 5/5

One of the Great BooksIt was once required reading; it should be again. Liberals and socialists actively deride it and make sure it’s removed from libraries. It is much more than a novel. It’s inspiration for anyone who believes in freedom and the primacy of the individual over the state. It is not an easy read, but it may change your life and explain the idiocy of what is called modern “progressive” thinking. You have value. Your work and the product of your labor has value. Your ideas are yours. No one has a right to to take these things from you. And you have the right to decide how they will be used. What is the alternative?.Score: 5/5

Great book, every American should read it!!!!It has great ideas that anyone can apply i their life even if you don't agree with all of Rand's ideas. This book has opened my eyes to the world and made me more productive..Score: 4/5

A master pieceThis book is the reason why I was able to overcome depression. It’s the book that shattered my chains in my mind that slow me down in life. It challenges your mind and shifts your perspective of life. This book makes you work and it’s not for the lazy but the competent.Score: 5/5

Love it or hate it, you’ll learnLet’s be honest, whether you love or hate this book depends more on your political leanings, than on your literary taste. Having said that, I will always take self-reliance, intelligence and achievement over namby-pamby sentiments of entitlement. I love this book not only because of its message, but because of its plot, its well-developed characters and it’s foray into a number of genres including political thriller, science fiction and romance. Two criticisms which I understand or that the book is too long and that the dialogue is pedantic. A little context goes a long way in understanding Rand’s writing style. She is Russian and she writes like a Russian: long developed paragraphs, tons of exposition and a lot of lingering on characters’ thoughts. It is a characteristic Russian authors. The dialogs for the most part are written in the format ancient Greek question and answer philosophical debates. To our modern sensibilities it seems that she takes too long to reach a conclusion. Some of the reviews lead me to believe that the reviewer good night actually read the book. Once such a critic says that sometimes businessmen or corruptible. Atlas shrugged is full of corrupt businessman. Actually they are portrayed as being villainous. An important distinction that needs to be made is that rands hero is not a businessman. He or she is an entrepreneur of high intelligence, tremendous work ethic and unfaltering vision. She is glorifying the Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates of the world. Finally, I find it ironic that so many so-called progressives don’t give Rand credit for her portrayal of a strong woman, not hampered by the constraints of her era. The fact that Dagny Taggart outperforms the vast majority of men, is unabashedly sexual and is in every sense a woman should be celebrated. Particularly since this book was published in 1957. Anyway, I’ve gone on for too long and I’m not even Russian..Score: 5/5

AwsomeThis is a must read for anyone starting out on their own philosophical journey to understand their place in life.Score: 5/5

ClassicChanged history. It needs to be read by everyone, whether you agree or not..Score: 5/5

Its Happening the World OverIncredibly how the world is going through this.Score: 5/5

The bibleThis book is to me what the bible is to Christians..Score: 5/5

Must ReadShould be required reading for every HS student.Score: 5/5

GreatGreat book.Score: 5/5

GREAT READGreat book. It details why we must fight to keep America the way it is, and avoid the socialist attitude that is taking place now. By going down that path, we are on a path to destruction, by our own hands..Score: 5/5

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Gives perspectiveMy father gave me Atlas Shrugged the day I turned 19 and said I had to read it before growing up. Pick up (download) this book if you want to see a new way to look at your place in the world.... You don't need to agree with Rand's philosophy but the story alone is worth exploring in order to hear her out..Score: 5/5

Best Book EverLove this book. Amazing that it was written so long ago. I couldn't help thinking of the world we live in now. Amazing how people hate on a book so much. I guess it hits to close to home..Score: 5/5

Atlas Shrugged at how much they are charging for this.Found it online the three bucks. It's a great read though..Score: 5/5

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Too ExpensiveI own this in paperback and wanted a mobile version, but this is twice as expensive as what I paid for the book itself. A rip off..Score: 1/5

Thank you for this book!This book has helped me in my own work as a Transformational Life Coach. I’ve quoted Ayn in my own book, The Happiness Recipe! So inspiring!!.Score: 5/5

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