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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Signet | May 1, 2007 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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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.
 

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Signet

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451191145

ISBN - 13: 9780451191144

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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: May 1, 2007

Publisher: Signet

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451191145

ISBN - 13: 9780451191144

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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.
 

About the Author

Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982 Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and she came to the United States in 1926 with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. In 1929, she married actor Charles "Frank" O'Connor. After arriving in Hollywood, Rand was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille standing at the gate of his studio and gave her a job as an extra in King of Kings. She also worked as a script reader and a wardrobe girl and, in 1932, she sold Red Pawn to Universal Studios. In the 1950's, she returned to New York City where she hosted a Saturday night group she called "the collective." It was also during this time that Rand received a fan letter from a young man, Nathaniel Branden. She was impressed with his letter, and she wrote him back. Her correspondence with him eventually led to an affair that lasted over a decade. He became her chief spokesperson and codified the principles of her novels into a strict philosophical system (objectivism) and founded an institute bearing his name. Their affair ended in 1968 when Branden got involved with another one of Rand's disciples. According to Rand, people are inherently selfish and act only out of personal interest making a selfish act, a rational one. It is from this belief that her characters play out their lives. Rand's first novel was "We the Living" (1936) and was followed by "Anthem" (1938), "The F
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Atlas was the mythological titan condemned by Zeus to carry the world on his shoulders. Here we have its modern-day reincarnation in this story of a courageous visionary threatening to stop the motor of the Earth. In Atlas Shrugged,Ayn Rand packages her pioneering principles of objectivism in a classic and broad-sweeping saga of the death and rebirth of the human spirit. Continually read and studied for its powerful and succinct commentary on the both the dark and heroic motives that propel society onward, this unique literary work's concepts of true individuality and free will linger long after the final page.   

 

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