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Atlas Shrugged [Kindle Edition]

Ayn Rand
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Book Description

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? 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 characters in this story.Tremendous in its scope, 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 composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.

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A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly. --The New York Times

About the Author

Born February 2, 1905, Ayn Rand published her first novel, We the Living, in 1936. Anthem followed in 1938. It was with the publication of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957) that she achieved her spectacular success. Ms. Rand’s unique philosophy, Objectivism, has gained a worldwide audience. The fundamentals of her philosophy are put forth in three nonfiction books, Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology, The Virtue of Selfishness, and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. They are all available in Signet editions, as is the magnificent statement of her artistic credo, The Romantic Manifesto.

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  • File Size: 2300 KB
  • Print Length: 1188 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 21, 2005)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8B5XO
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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise July 18, 2000
I have read Atlas Shrugged many times and I was pleasantly surprised by this cliffs notes summary and analysis of the book. It includes a short biography of Ayn Rand while the bulk of the book is spent on a detailed going over of Ayn Rand's plot, theme, and characters. It is fascinating to read an intelligent analysis of these characters. This is in-depth analysis and covers characters all the way from Hank Reardon to Gwen Ives. The gems of the book are the two critical essays; The Role of the Mind in Human Life and the Role of the Common Man in Atlas Shrugged: the Eddie Willers Story. There is even a little Atlas Shrugged quiz at the end...What is the theme of Atlas Shrugged? This book is written by an Objectivist author and is definately worth buying.
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122 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Supplement June 18, 2002
If the value of CliffsNotes was only to help readers discover with clarity what a particular author meant to convey in their novels, this book on _Atlas Shrugged_ would be trash. The reason is that Ayn Rand, more than any other author, wrote perfectly lucid novels about which no clarification is needed.
However, these books (of which I've only read a few) do offer another value that makes this one especially, not trash, but a book to be treasured. What they offer is this: the CliffsNotes books condense often-lengthy, important works of art so that they can be grasped--and remembered--with ease. And, as _Atlas Shrugged_ comprises some thousand plus pages with enough action and subplots to rival any novel by Hugo or Dumas, this value can perhaps never be more evident than with this new addition to the CliffsNotes series by Andrew Bernstein.
Cognizant of the task at hand, Dr. Bernstein condenses the entire book in a solid nine pages. From there, he lays down who the characters in the book are--as well as their relation to one another. And, after that, the reader is given a host of "critical commentaries" on each of the books thirty chapters which summarize what happened, pose questions to the reader that will be answered later, and reveal a number of instances where Miss Rand's overall theme can be seen.
Any person who is reading _Atlas_ for the first or second time ought to find these commentaries very helpful in understanding and appreciating the book. Unfortunately, as someone who has read the novel many times, I had to read many of the author's observations with a bitter-sweet sense of joy. ("Bitter" because I wish such a book was around when I first started reading Rand's novels and "sweet" because one finally is.
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2,914 of 3,259 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Philosophy, Do Not Fear It July 27, 2005
By Hoke
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I want to say from the beginning that one does not need to agree with a philosophy to appreciate it. Obviously most of the critics and some of the supporters have never read this work. One need not approve of communism to give the Communist Manifesto a high rating but it is certainly a must read.

Ayn Rand's philosophy is known as objectivism. It is essentially having a objective reason and purpose for every action you commit.

Atlas Shrugged is one of two major novels that outlines her entire philosophy while trying to show how it would be applied. That is why this book deserves a 5 star rating. Any philosopher can give generic ideas with no application. Rand puts it all on the line to show exactly how she means her philosophy to be interpreted.

The student of philosophy will be able to understand her philosophy quite clearly after reading this. If you agree with her philosophy you should encourage others to read this book. If this book is so clearly wrong then you should encourage others to read it so they will see how clearly wrong it is. Those that want it burned or object to others reading it know that she offers some very strong arguments for a position they clearly do not want to be true.

This book takes place probably around the 1950s. It is centered around the industrial sector of the U.S., the only government that has not become a People's State. The main character in this book is Dagny Taggart. She is a no-nonsense VP of Operations for the largest railroad in the world. She is intelligent and is solely driven to keeping her RR as the best.

The times are dim and getting dimmer. In the beginning the country is in a recession of sorts and it is up to Taggart and others like her to save the country.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Writer Obviously In Love With His Subject Matter March 30, 2001
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This is a terrific condensation of Ayn Rand's masterpiece on the morality of capitalism, and it glows with author affection. Dr. Andrew Bernstein is sometimes called an "Ayn Rand evangelist," but he prefers to describe his activities using a more sober expression, "rational proselytization." His Cliffs distillation accurately captures the gist of Atlas Shrugged, the plot and the philosophy, and his post-chapter analyses offer the sort of illumination that comes only from deep knowledge of, and unbridled enthusiasm for, the subject matter.
Atlas Shrugged is, for many, a difficult book to get into; I know people who say they've attempted to start it five or six times. Given that Atlas is vastly richer than the Cliffs Notes version, my recommendation is for the reader to explore the Cliffs Notes and Atlas Shrugged simultaneously, chapter by chapter, first reading a condensed chapter and then the real thing.
And if you ever get the chance to see Dr. Bernstein in person, go for it. He's a captivating and witty speaker, a genuinely inspiring Ayn Rand evangelist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reading Ayn Rand resembles taking the red pill in The Matrix movie:...
I truly perceive my life now in a chronologically sense: as "before and after" reading The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
Published 14 hours ago by Elian
4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic.
Should be required reading for all students.
Published 16 hours ago by Thomas J.
1.0 out of 5 stars This type of philosophy does NOT help the world become a better place....
Too many pages to tell people to be selfish and uncaring about others. This book will cause you to become a crass, self-centered individual who cares only about his own goals and... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by Amanuensis
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Book!!
Just had to buy this centennial edition. 3rd time I have read this and loved it more each time.
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great book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every person should read this book
One of the most important books that a person should read; especially every American. It gives you a real world understanding of the way capitalism works, and has worked, to take... Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disgusting
A sociopathic view of how the industrial economy should work.
Published 1 day ago by Jonathan Nordland
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came as described
Published 3 days ago by Toddi
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the 10 most significant books of the 20th century
Couldn't find my other copies (yes, I've bought more than one over the years,) so I bought it again. Read more
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Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.

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Why is this book suddenly so popular again?
There is SO much anxiety in the U.S. on the part of productive people; those who work hard, those who create, those who employ, those who are entrepreneurs, those who have played by the rules and done the right things for themselves and thus, have helped build a bountiful society. If you don't... Read More
Mar 14, 2009 by M. M. Siegfried |  See all 1335 posts
Kindle Version Spelling and Punctuation Errors
Good question. I'm curious about that as well. It seems like loads of publishers have merely taken early proofs and converted them to e-book format without the extensive proof-reading steps in-between, so you end up with error-laden Kindle books. This is what Tor seems to have done with several... Read More
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Is 'Objectivism' a Cult?
Objectivism could certainly be a cult for some people. When I first read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged I felt like I was ready to join a cult. These are powerful ideas. I do believe that these books do provide a foundation for making decisions. I do not believe that joining any group or... Read More
Jan 14, 2011 by D. Dallmann |  See all 96 posts
Must be a huge quantity of fake reviews--?
Some could be lazy.
Some could be buying the book after wearing out a previous copy.
Some could realize that much of what they had to say had already been better said by others.
Some could figure that like a citizen having one vote, they just wanted to express its value.
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Kindle Version Price
This is actually the first book I put on my notify page to track price drops. I hope there's actually a drop at some point for it to detect! I'll wait up to a year, then I may give in and buy the cheaper paper back version, or else read the Google books version for free online. ... Read More
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I read 250 pages and Fransico's "money speech", May I write a review? Be the first to reply
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