Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand

  • Release Date: 1959-07-01
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 1,725 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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.

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Latest Impressions

  • Brevity: Look it up

    By DJ Firefly
    This 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.
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  • This book changed my life

    By DiZZaster13356
    I only wish I read it earlier. Many interesting ideas and opinions, expressed through a fantastic storyline.
  • Great book, every American should read it!!!!

    By Eyeballer
    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.

    By Prophet Amos
    Great 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.
  • Book of my year...

    By Unbridled Spawnn
    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.
  • I Still Am in Disbelief

    By iantaylor_11
    With all of the hype that this novel gets, after reading it, all I can think of is that Rand is right in some points, but in others she is just completely ignorant of the world. While I know that this book was written at a different time, it is still undenialbe that during certain arguments that Rand makes, she tries to support them by exclaiming large bouts of dialogue with intricate vocabulary, but in reality, they say absolutely nothing and do not support her argument in any way. I could go on and on about how terrible this book is, but all I can say is this: don’t buy the hype- it’s a perfect example of how capitalism supports idiocy.
  • Should be required reading...

    By Jim Crocker
    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.
  • I'm still trying to finish book one.

    By Demiduce
    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.
  • Better than Expected

    By Mr. Mark R
    I 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.