Atlas Shrugged is the “second most influential book for Americans today” after the Bible, according to a joint survey of five thousand people conducted by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club in 1991.
In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, he sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battle not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? The answers will be revealed once you discover the reason behind the baffling events that wreak havoc on the lives of the amazing men and women in this remarkable book.
Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus, which launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.
A New View of an Old World
Ayn Rand's work on objectivism and the potential plight of civilization - if it were not for it's Prime Movers, is one of the greatest works available today. A thought provoking and soundly reasoned novel, it will force you to see only what you already know to be true. The reading of the book is engrossing and portrays small nuances of the printed word very effectively.
As with most of Rand's works, you will either love the novel for it's sound reason, or you'll despise it for it's percieved coldness towards the rest of humanity. In either case Rand presents a sound argument for the return to logic while identifying key groups of people in society and their values.
Some won't get it. But those who do will love it.
This is a fiction book with an underlying theme of the philosophy of Objectivism. I read a non-fiction book by Ayn called Virtue of Selfishness prior to listening to this and it was clear what she was trying to convey for this story. Good story, good philosophy, inspiring characters. Get an idea of what objectivism tries to convey and how it can change your value system to understand how to be happy, and you will love this book and the characters. Laurelevadick obviously either didn't understand it or didn't listen to all of it. Ayn is brilliant. I feel grateful to have heard this/read her works. I recommend also.
This book added clarity to observations I've made as a business person and entrepreneur over the years . After reading Atlas Shrugged I went on to study Objectivism -I found Rand's philosophy logical, and encouraging for those of us who consider ourselves productive members of society. The audio book was extremely well narrated and kept me riveted from start to end. This book could change your life!