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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Penguin Publishing Group | September 1, 1996 | Mass Market Paperbound

Atlas Shrugged is rated 4.4643 out of 5 by 28.
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: September 1, 1996

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451191145

ISBN - 13: 9780451191144

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really made me stop and think I'll be honest, I appreciated this book more for it's philosophical ideas rather than Ayn Rand's writing talent. Which isn't to say that she's not a good writer, although until you get past the first hundred pages or so nothing really happens.
Date published: 2012-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A dose of Distopian Utopia Today I will review the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand first published in 1957. I came to know about this book from the modern librarys top 100 books and it was rated number one by readers. As you know, Atlas is the Greek God who carried the weight of the world on his shoulders and this book discusses a dystopia where how all the smart and hardworking people are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders and how all the lazy, unsuccessful “looters” are riding on the coattails of their success. The Atlases of the world are considered cold hearted, calculating, greedy and the looters are portraying themselves as the ones looking out for the goodwill of society. So what will happen if Atlas shrugs? The whole world will fall and crash so in this novel all the minds and the hard workers and the geniuses of the whole world decide to shrug , go on strike and disappear and leave the looters to fend for themselves. I felt that this book is all about defending capitalism to the core; how competition leads to a better society, where a socialist society leads to the loss of ambition and consequently laziness. I do have to say that Ayn takes this idea too far in my opinion since she portrays capitalism as being pure and good all the time. Some of my favorite quotes: - Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where the gun begins - “If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down on his shoulders—what would you tell him to do?” ” To Shrug.” - “Contradictions do not exist”. “Whenever you think that you are facing a contradiction, check your premises”. “You will find that one of them is wrong” - The good, say the mystics of spirit, is God, a being whose only definition is that he is beyond man’s power to conceive- a definition that invalidates man’s consciousness and nullifies his concepts of existence. Man’s mind, say the mystics of spirit, must be subordinated to the will of God. Man’s standard of value, say the mystics of spirit, is the pleasure of God, whose standards are beyond man’s power of comprehension and must be accepted on faith. The purpose of man’s life is to become an abject zombie who serves a purpose he does not know, for reasons he is not to question. - So you think that money is the root of all evil? Have you ever asked what is the root of money? 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. Money is not the tool of the moochers, who claim your product by tears or of the looters, who take it from you by force. Money is made possible only by the men who produce. Is this what you consider evil? This book is long, 1000+ pages and not for the faint of heart but REALLY GOOD. I do not agree 100% with the philosophy of it but I highly recommend you read it. I shrug and give it a tow thumbs up
Date published: 2011-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting The size of the book was a little daunting at first but you go through it surprisingly quickly. I was glad I finally got to reading it because it was a very interesting read. Seeing the effects of policy changes on the economy was really cool and a lot of the characters were interesting. Just beware of a 55 page speech! Only part that was a little painful to get through. :)
Date published: 2010-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never mind the objectivism, enjoy the book! This was on the top of my “To Read When I Get Time” list. I was worried the novel would be a delivery system for the philosophy but I was very happy to discover the book was full of fantastic characters and plots and mysteries. There is Galt’s speech and many other such moments, but by that time you are so involved in the novel it doesn’t feel like having a philosophy spoon-fed to you. A great book that still makes you think years after it was written. Read it.
Date published: 2009-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from one those books have to be read in your lifetime! At first I thought my god, look at the size of this! But once I got going, I had a tough time putting it down. I love the characters and the concept of the book. I know that Ayn Rand has her philosophies but the plot is very plausible--especially with what is going on in the world today. Some of the characters are fascinating, and you want to cheer them on, and there are others you wish you could rip out of the book and hit them and tell them how ridiculous they are. I reccommend it as a book that while its long, you will be glad that you did read the 1060 page book, and read such a fantastic story!
Date published: 2009-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very relevant & influential book Rand winds an crisp well-written fictional tale around a unique and forward-thinking philosophy called Objectivism. Set against the background of the Industrial Revolution in 1957, Rand's vivid dipiction of how the capable support the greed of the lazy and incapable is relevant, perhaps not still, but again. A pageturner through every one of the 1000+ pages. Highly recommened.
Date published: 2008-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intense. I read Atlas immediately following The Fountainhead. It set me down the path of deeper philosophical explorations, as well as political. I no longer agree with Objectivism, but nevertheless it's a fine read. It may cause you to think, which never can be a bad thing. Setting aside the philosophy, it's an enjoyable story.
Date published: 2008-08-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A book you should read... Even if you don't like Ayn Rand Let me start this review by saying that I am not in agreement with everything argued by Ayn Rand, either in this particular book or in general. I am not even certain whether I am in agreement with the majority of her theory, or even with its core thesis. That said, I was quite impressed by "Atlas Shrugged". I read it out of a sense of obligation. Much in the way people eat their broccoli, I read "Atlas Shrugged". I was surprised to find myself enjoying the writing style and the story as well. It didn't follow the normal story flow or conventions and as such I was not able to easily anticipate what would happen next, which was a pleasant surprise for a long-time voracious reader like myself. Furthermore, I was please by the extent to which Rand was willing to let the story explain itself. It took me a long time to realize that the story was in fact set in a slowly decaying future. Part of my confusion had to do with the fact that it is a future imagined more than 50 years ago, and as such is a fairly 'retro' looking future. But even so, Rand's willingness to let the setting slowly unfold and let the reader make assumptions and then find themselves forced to revise them is, in my opinion, one of the books strengths. I am aware that this book engenders strong feelings in people, including people who have never reader the book. A friend of mine felt that it had no subtle elements, that all of the good guys were purely heroic (in the manner that Ayn Rand defines heroism) while all of the bad guys were weak willed and slimy to the point that the page seems to drip when they enter a scene. To be honest, I found that no different than most works of fiction that center around a hero. Certainly the hard literature that wins Booker Prizes and is discussed in book clubs has characters so conflicted that finding the hero is like rolling dice, odds are equal towards anyone being the 'hero'. I like the clarity given by Rand's choice of unambiguous characters. I am also aware that Ayn Rand's attitude toward woman is still infamous. I'm not going to defend this attitude and it is present in the the book. I will say that I didn't find Rand's less than laudable view of women does not weaken her female lead, and does not hurt the book's narrative. I was also impressed with Rand's ability to let the plot simmer. She didn't pull plot points out and stuff them in our mouths until they were properly done. We could see things buildings and multiple fronts, but Rand was patient, only introducing these developments as they became ready. I though her pacing, and her ability to sustain interest and tension through a book this long was extraordinary. The ending is a great mass of winter fog with only an implied sense of closure, which works well given Rand's purpose and the book's thesis. The ending is inconclusive with out being a letdown or feeling like a cop out. This is one of the few really big books out there that I would be willing to sit down and read through again just for fun. As I said in the beginning, I don't know if I agree with her argument, but I quite enjoy her story.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from atlas shrugged An incredibly difficult book to get into, and an even harder book to put down. Rumor has it that there will be a movie of this book released in 2008. Hurry up and read this book before before Hollywood ruins it...and you better start readig it quickly because it is over 1000 pages long. Good Times!
Date published: 2008-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read!! This book is fiction people. I might add a GREAT piece of fiction. It has the power to question everything you know about yourself and the world you live in. It was written with the beauty of pure sight. Yes, it's long, maybe needlessly, but I wouldn't trade a word of it. A book I believe everyone should read!
Date published: 2008-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Literature You'll seldom find a book which has more polarization in the opinions of it than Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Online-forums on the net are filled with reviews that both praise and laud the book, but for different reasons. Opponents of Atlas Shrugged seem to jeer solely at the philosophies presented by author, ignoring the literature altogether. (Its also my personal experience that many who claim to hate the book have not even read it themselves, basing their opinion on online reviews such as this one) Whether or not you agree with the author's views, I feel this is great fiction (and I MUST emphasize the word fiction on this) that has stood the test of time. Enemies of Christianity, philology and oompa-loompas can still enjoy and appreciate the works of C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and Dahl respectively. While it is a long read, it is also a great read in my opinion and I do suggest everyone pick up a copy of their own to make their own mind up.
Date published: 2007-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from . The first time I came across the mysterious name Ayn Rand was in a coffee shop I used to spend my days in while skipping school. Future philosophers, artists, laborers and drug dealers would swap their wares and play cards over nursed cups of coffee. One pretentious young thing I did not care for was reading a thick doorstop called Atlas Shrugged. I asked her if it was good, she awkwardly quoted Nietzsche, I went back to my card game. The first time I attempted to read Atlas Shrugged, I was travelling through Ireland with my girlfriend and her mother. Despite my desire to shack up in Dublin, read Joyce, stay out late with the locals, and subsist on a diet of haddock and Guinness, the ladies had planned a very strict itinerary. So said, not much time for Ayn. I did manage to make it 300 pages into the book (somewhere between Belfast and County Claire), and didn't feel too bad about putting it down. The story had reached it's apparent end, passing through the normal landmarks of a novel; introduction, plot development, conflict, resolution, climax, dénouement and closure. Dagny had her railroad, Hank had his steel, they both won, and everyone else lost. And they kissed. The End. The superfluous 800 pages tucked in at the end struck me as a somewhat long-winded epilogue, and probably not worth reading at that. Five years later, my general manager told me why his key chain was shaped like a dollar sign. I scoffed. He pointed the last line on the last page of the book. I scoffed. He shrugged. I decided I would have to finish the book. (You know, I've always believed in the old maxim Keep your friends close...) I did not want to enjoy the writing of Ayn Rand. The combination of the first 300 pages of the book I did get through, and the etymology of her pen name convinced me she was a militant capitalist, and a crummy writer. Her name derives from a foreshortening of Aryan and her Rand (pronounced 'rained') typewriter. Her characters are badly disguised vessels for her dialectical arguments against socialism. The commies are always "pudgy", "sweaty", "awkward", "shrill voiced", etc., while the capitalist heroes are rugged, gorgeous, determined and successful. It is long winded and pedantic. But beyond that, the novel investigates a very important relationship that exists between human beings on all levels of society: the very real difference between thinking and doing. This manager friend of mine tried to explain Rand's Objectivism with a metaphor: "If you had a loaf of bread, and someone else did not, you would not gain from giving your food to them, because you would starve, and they would not have earned it". (This rings of the other old maxim, Give me a fish I eat for a day, teach me to fish I eat for years) I, Satan's socialist advocate, asked "If I had more bread than I could ever eat, is it better to give it away (despite no lesson learned,) or to keep it as a matter of principle?" And in that question is the crux of Ayn's distopia. In Shrugged, there is superfluous wealth, but the question as to how to redistribute it never arises. Redistribution is an evil, not to be suffered by those who have created wealth. It is to be suffered by those who were not strong enough, not smart enough, not determined enough to become wealthy. Why? Because, as happens in most businesses today, those who work hard and intelligently within a group of peers will always be singled out and expected to carry more of the burden than their co-workers, simply because they can. The message in Shrugged is that a comunist society (in reality, not on paper,) rewards hard work with more hard work, while those who are lazy are asked for less. How often have I imposed duties upon the person in my team who I know can rise to the job, while the rest maintain the status quo? (I'm not proud.) When too many hard-working, intelligent people are asked to do too much for too little, there will be revolt. I see many employees come and go because they are lazy or can't keep up; I see fewer (but still an alarming amount,) go because they realize they are being taken advantage of. They usually go on to start their own companies, or skip a few steps up another corporate ladder to a position worthy of their creativity. If this ability to promote (and be promoted) were sufficiently curtailed, as it is in Shrugged, we might see Ayn's philosophy, perhaps even her dystopia, come to light. So, finally, I see the allure this book has to dis-disillusioned teenagers; at the naive age of sixteen, every youth believes that they are right, the rest of the world is wrong, and that Objectivism supports their belief. I look back on the black-clad philosophers in the Second Cup I used to haunt and smile, knowing what only reality, and perhaps a 1,100 page book, can teach you: There is no substitute, nor preparation, for hard work.
Date published: 2007-09-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excellent Door Stopper! I didn't like this novel at all...I know some individuals see this as the Bible of Western canon and that self interest can give you the greatest success, but it's basically a guide to Fascism written by a warped mind derived from Communism, seeking the exact opposite...thus it creates Objectivism, a strange philosophy about individualism. The interpretation of women in this novel is sickening, and it's riddled with flawed logic with a twisted agenda. You don't need to read this. Basically, believe you're an elitist and that emotion is a weakness and intelligence is the pinnacle of existence. That's what this novel is about in twelve hundred pages, blended with Rand's capitalistic ideology. If you do choose to read it, as I did; you'll find that John Galt's ridiculously long speech is an excellent cure for insomnia, and if you're ever freezing to death....this book should be the first to burn. A threat to democracy, and Hitler would have enjoyed it. Open your mind, don't close it.
Date published: 2007-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Take it as it is. I'm not going to go into a long rendition about how spectacular this book is, on the review page of a website. It would do neither your judgement, nor the book (which I've read 3 times,) justice. I would simply like to tell you this: If you do read it, which I would suggest, don't consider anything you've heard about Ayn Rand anywhere else. Read the book for what it is, and take the ideas/dialogue as they are in the context of the plot, which is how one should approach a fiction novel filled with ideas. After you have read it, then I suggest that you, if you like, consider how the ideas presented in the book might be relevant to your life. I'm confident that if one judges the story itself independently, one will appreciate it as the compelling, throught-provoking, masterpiece that I believe it is. It has influenced my life, and it's one's own job to see whether or not it will influence theirs.
Date published: 2006-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A life-altering book I have never read a more riveting book nor one that has affected me as much. The search for perfection in ourselves, the pride in creating...this book makes you yearn for a life that is pure and unadulterated. All her books are excellent, but I will never forget the opening line of Ayn Rand....and her great character, John Galt!
Date published: 2005-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Daunting Feats of Man This is great. This is the epitomy of non-fiction at its finest!!! Words cannot describe the beauty woven into these words. It makes Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol look like a haiku written by a demented 2 year old!!! FIVE STARS!!!!! WWWWOOOOOOO!!!!!
Date published: 2005-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A book for the worthy intellectual Ayn Rand's masterpiece is disliked only by those unintelligent enough to grasp her controversial philosophy. Though this novel presents her idea of 'objectivism', its uses well developed characters and plot to convey her ideas without boring the reader. This is a great novel for any student wishing to find direction in life, as well as a great novel for anyone who desires to enjoy some terrific sexual fantasies balanced with intelligently interwoven characters. The political and industrial concepts involved in this book are well described and easy for any beginner. Upon finishing this novel, any first time Rand reader will have a new perspective on thought and human ability.
Date published: 2004-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from kevin thought I read Atlas Shrugged about 10-15 years ago. I never forgot it. Then life got in the way and reading became secondary. I swore to myself that if (when) I picked up a book again it would be written by Ayn Rand. It was. It was the Fountainhead. And once again I am content.
Date published: 2004-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atlas ''Amazing'' Atlas Shrugged is the most amazing book that I've ever read. I've read it so many times that the books is literally falling apart. I own 2 copies of the hardcover version and have just purchased a new paperback. Atlas Shrugged is the book that has affected my life the most. It can make me feel very angry or very happy, depending on what is happening in my life at the time I read it. ''I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man nor ask another man to live for mine'' is my life motto. I have a family and I work - but I do it for me. The sign of the dollar is a symbol of all that is good and all that can be accomplished. I think one of the things that I liked most about this book is the fact that Dagny Taggart succeeds in a man's world doing a man's job . John Galt's speech is powerful and the ''Original Sin'' part was what caught me most. I recommend this book every time someone asks about the dollar sign hanging on my neck.
Date published: 2003-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reality You will not know who you truly are or will be or have the ability to become until you have read this masterwork of literature.
Date published: 2003-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Altering This book, without a doubt, will change the way you look at yourself, the world around you, the whole of society. You will see through the fascade that people show you, you will finally be shown the truth. I could try and explain it, but the only one who could do it justice is Ayn Rand and she does so in this book. I urge you to read it and finally see with your eyes and mind.
Date published: 2002-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Atlas Shrugged I think this is one of the best books ever written. When I set up my home library, top of my list was to find this book in hardcover to add to my collection. I have bought and given away about 10 soft cover copies of this book, and I have read it about as many times.
Date published: 2002-10-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ponderous Junk This is a book that takes more than 1000 pages to tell a story that isn't worthy of 300 pages. Some of the "objectivist" rants go on for pages and accomplish little more than restating a silly philosophy that gets repeated over and over and over and over and over.....(yawn). The characters are one dimensional, the philosophy is vigorously anti-religious, and the ideas are born of an - anti-commmunist and captains of industry era - that disappeared long long ago. The most facinating thing is less the book and more the hyperbolic reader reviews that claim "life changing" results, and commonly protray the book as "literature" or "the best book ever written". This is shallow, largely discredited philosophy that is attractive to few but objectivist zealots. Don't waste yout time.
Date published: 2000-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from deja vu There is new relevance in Atlas Shrugged as young intellectual powerhouses bravely take on (and win over) the fusty old economy. This is a definite must-(re)read!
Date published: 2000-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most important book ever written Ayn Rand's remarkable story of a man who said he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Atlas Shrugged is the dramatic concretization of Miss Rand's Objectivist philosophy - an unparalleled defense of reason, individualism and capitalism that represents the climax of more than two thousand years of western thought. Here at last is what men of reason have always sought - a philosophy of life on earth brought to vivid life in one of the most dramatic, suspenseful novels ever written.
Date published: 2000-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book ever I'll make this short, the book is well written, captivating and really makes a person think. I would recommend it to anyone.
Date published: 2000-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and inspirational Atlas Shrugged is a brilliant and inspirational novel, both a template for an energizing philosophy and a bracing story well told. For readers who believe that they have a right to their own lives, and that they have a right to the product of their own labours, Atlas Shrugged will be one of the greatest stories they ever encounter. Its characters are vivid and its plot dynamic, but the strongest argument in favour of reading A.S. is the power and coherence of its philosophy. Written in the fifties, A.S. is particularly relevant to Canadians, because the events it dramatizes--namely the malignant efforts of a bloated government and the consequence of a 'strike' by the men of ideas--are beginning to have strong parallels to Canada today. This book is worth your time.
Date published: 1999-12-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Atlas Yawned. If you support the idea that the pursuit of self-interest develops greatness in individuals, which in turn fuels the economy and is the essence of morality and love - you will probably love this book. Atlas shrugged devotes more than 1000 pages to the basic philosophy of self interest. The philosophy will appeal to those who like the polarized world of good and evil (good being those who "contribute something" - bad being those who have a lot to say but contribute nothing). If you strongly support this idea the book can be exciting, fast paced and as some say "life changing". The lectures about cigarettes are silly seen in light of the current knowledge of tobbaco and cancer. Today International Corporations and their hired CEO's are the great powers of economic interest in the world. New products are the result of team efforts and the financial return is commonly to the promoters, and financeers, not the inventors. This would be a dangerous world without government environmental protections and health & safety regulations. If the main thesis is that people should enjoy the true value of their personal economic production - few would argue. But the book is Trojan Horse full of bad economics, and outdated and impractical ideas.
Date published: 1999-12-21

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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Published: September 1, 1996

Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0451191145

ISBN - 13: 9780451191144

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INTRODUCTION Ayn Rand held that art is a “re-creation of reality according to an artist’s metaphysical value judgments.” By its nature, therefore, a novel (like a statue or a symphony) does not require or tolerate an explanatory preface; it is a self-contained universe, aloof from commentary, beckoning the reader to enter, perceive, respond. Ayn Rand would never have approved of a didactic (or laudatory) introduction to her book, and I have no intention of flouting her wishes. Instead, I am going to give her the floor. I am going to let you in on some of the thinking she did as she was preparing to write   Atlas Shrugged. Before starting a novel, Ayn Rand wrote voluminously in her journals about its theme, plot, and characters. She wrote not for any audience, but strictly for herself—that is, for the clarity of her own understanding. The journals dealing with  Atlas Shrugged  are powerful examples of her mind in action, confident even when groping, purposeful even when stymied, luminously eloquent even though wholly unedited. These journals are also a fascinating record of the step-by-step birth of an immortal work of art. In due course, all of Ayn Rand’s writings will be published. For this 35th anniversary edition of  Atlas Shrugged, however, I have selected, as a kind of advance bonus for her fans, four typical journal entries. Let me warn new readers that the passages reveal the plot and will spoil the book for anyone who
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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.