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Atlas Shrugged

Rand, Ayn (Paperback - 1999 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The book's female protagonist, Dagny Taggart, struggles to manage a transcontinental railroad amid the pressures and restrictions of massive bureaucracy. Her antagonistic reaction to a libertarian group seeking an end to government regulation is later echoed and modified in her encounter with a utopian community, Galt's Gulch, whose members regard self-determination rather than collective responsibility as the highest ideal.
Authors: Rand, Ayn
Statement of Responsibility: Ayn Rand
Title: Atlas shrugged
Publisher: New York : Plume, [1999], c1992
Edition: 35th anniversary ed
Characteristics: xv, 1168 p. ; 23 cm.
Notes: "With an introduction by Leonard Peikoff"--Cover. His "Introduction to the 35th anniversary edition" (p. ix-xv) dated September 1991
Contents: pt. I. Non-contradiction
I. The theme
II. The chain
III. The top and the bottom
IV. The immovable movers
V. The climax of the d'Anconias
VI. The non-commercial
VII. The exploiters and the exploited
VIII. The John Galt line
IX. The sacred and the profane
X. Wyatt's torch
pt. II. Either-or
I. The man who belonged on Earth
II. The aristocracy of pull
III. White blackmail
IV. The sanction of the victim
V. Account overdrawn
VI. Miracle metal
VII. The moratorium on brains
VIII. By our love
IX. The face without pain or fear or guilt
X. The sign of the dollar
pt. III. A is A
I. Atlantis
II. The utopia of greed
III. Anti-greed
IV. Anti-life
V. Their brothers' keepers
VI. The concerto of deliverance
VII. "This is John Galt speaking"
VIII. The egoist
IX. The generator
X. In the name of the best within us
Summary: The book's female protagonist, Dagny Taggart, struggles to manage a transcontinental railroad amid the pressures and restrictions of massive bureaucracy. Her antagonistic reaction to a libertarian group seeking an end to government regulation is later echoed and modified in her encounter with a utopian community, Galt's Gulch, whose members regard self-determination rather than collective responsibility as the highest ideal.
Subject Headings: Egoism Fiction Capitalism Fiction Objectivism (Philosophy) Fiction Bureaucracy Fiction Libertarianism Fiction Bureaucracy. fast (OCoLC)fst00841702 Capitalism. fast (OCoLC)fst00846425 Egoism. fast (OCoLC)fst00903902 Libertarianism. fast (OCoLC)fst00997235 Objectivism (Philosophy) fast (OCoLC)fst01042814
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Science fiction
Fiction.-(OCoLC)fst01423787
Topical Term: Egoism
Capitalism
Objectivism (Philosophy)
Bureaucracy
Libertarianism
Bureaucracy
Capitalism
Egoism
Libertarianism
Objectivism (Philosophy)
LCCN: 91036842
ISBN: 0452011876
9780452011878
Branch Call Number: FIC R
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Orwell supports Democratic Socialism! In response to the comment by "ecrl", please do not associate classics by George Orwell with this romanticized children's book, it's not a simple Capitalism vs. Socialism debate. Orwell attacks Stalinism because he is against totalitarianism (i.e. consolidated, unaccountable power). Yes, the American Government is oppressive, but is it not the Corporations that control the American Government? (Big banks, weapons/oil/chemical/pharma/agriculture/telecom companies, etc.) ...How come the most peaceful countries on earth are Social Democracies, where the Government plays an important role? Could it be that they have democratic Governments with high accountability, thus displacing the consolidated power that authoritarian Governments (Third World) and unaccountable Corporations (America) possess?

Sep 02, 2013
  • ecrl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Instead of giving trash literature to teens, teachers should have them read this book. It would open their eyes to the evils of socialism. But... yet, maybe this is the reason why they push trash literature instead: don't teach them to think critically, keep them ignorant and complacent. This book is a must read for anyone who would like to understand Capitalism. Together with 1984 and Animal Farm, it forms a trilogy that departs from the typical academic litany.

Sep 01, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ayn Rand—born Alisa Zinovievna Rosenbaum in St. Petersburg, Russia, in February 2, 1905–was an Objectivist, not a Conservative. She died at home on March 6, 1982, of heart failure. Although I disagree in several instances with Mrs. Rand’s philosophy, Atlas Shrugged is a brilliant, respectful manifesto of human accomplishment. Yes, it's also about individualism, which is what Human Beings are made of—we are individuals, not masses to be used by some fascist, socialist or communist government, as it happens in the book. Rand fled communism and writes with authority on the subject of government taking over our individualism. But you don’t need to be a political junkie to read her book! By the way, Francisco d'Anconia tells Dagny: "Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong." In other words: doubt yourself, you might be laboring under false “premises”! It is hard for someone (who really read this book!) to, even as a joke, perceive anything else but what Rand meant. Long live individualism, accomplishment and freedom. (Worth watching are the two excellent movie adaptations of this book, part I and part II, with a third one coming in 2013.) PS: I hope this is not taken as harsh criticism, but “the rest of the country withers in hunger and darkness” BECAUSE of government control. The “smart and industrious” did not create a “utopia,” but were forced by the heavy hand of government to retire to a place where they would be allowed the freedoms they no longer enjoyed. If you this in mind while reading Atlas Shrugged, it all makes sense.

Jun 21, 2013
  • Andrewkohnen rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'll be honest reading these comments I get a vibe that this is a great place for conspiracy theorists to hang out. Either case it seems this book is very polarizing.

May 15, 2013
  • meyoubou rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

The writing itself was terrible. I couldn't believe people (some people) were so influenced by this book with its awful writing. I stayed to the end but with much difficulty and only because I wanted to know if I was missing something.
Ayn Rand revealed herself to be an egoist and an odious woman.

Apr 19, 2013
  • joekingaround rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The storytelling got me engaged, but I soon started picking out flaws. (This is not my tendency.) At first I disregarded them, the author revealing her own character rather than her characters, for example. And chug along I did, enjoying passages. But the philosophy got heavy handed. I on one hand granted that too much government control can surely ruin people's lives, like hers was. But a utopia for the smart and industrious while the rest of the country withers in hunger and darkness just didn't settle well with me. The extremes are both wrong. I wonder if the controversial nature of the book, not the greatness of the story, might be responsible for its staggering success.

Feb 18, 2013
  • Mee2 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a story of what each person can accomplish hindered by the staggering weight of government--in other words, very little. Unless you are Dagny Taggart, that is. Rand lived in an oppressive regime--communist Russia--and wrote with expertise on the matter. Her book should open the eyes of our modern voters to what the future will bring. People who didn't read this book or are hardcore liberal, cannot grasp the depths of its philosophy, therefore should not attempt to write reviews; in this case, ignorance is NOT bliss. Incidentally, I am yet to find the “act of cannibalism” at the end of the book. There are references to cannibals/cannibalism, but no act per se.

Feb 18, 2013
  • DebAK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful book, but might be difficult to digest and understand for the ones who embrace government oriented economic philosophies—like, for instance, socialism. A MUST read, especially for the young. (Watch the movie: it’s a great rendition of this book.)

I think the technical term for this pseudo-philosophy book is CRAP. I am sorry that I cannot give it negative stars. Also, Ayn Rand was an avowed atheist.

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Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Money is a tool of exchange, which can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them. Money is the material shape of the principle that men who wish to deal with one another must deal by trade and give value for value. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 2

Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Love is our response to our highest values — and can be nothing else. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 4

Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You do not have to depend on any material possessions, they depend on you, you create them, you own the one and only tool of production. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 2, Ch. 8

Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What's wealth but the means of expanding one's life? There's two ways one can do it: either by producing more or by producing it faster. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 3, Ch. 1

Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I thought by the time the sun was exhausted, men would find a substitute. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 7

Aug 14, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If one's actions are honest, one does not need the predated confidence of others, only their rational perception. -Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Ch. 6

Jun 11, 2011
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Every man builds his world in his own image... He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.” Hugh Akston

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Jan 28, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Atlas Shrugged, the movie

Ayn Rand would probably approve the way her story was portrayed in this movie. Hopefully, public libraries will soon have the DVD available!

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