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I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It Hardcover – May 24, 2011

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Who is John Galt?

It's been both a cry in the dark and a call to arms for generations of readers of Ayn Rand's great novels—which brilliantly portray a world like ours, a world of both great achievement and great crisis. This book answers that question. I Am John Galt introduces you to the real-life titans who've lived their lives like Rand's fictional heroes and the malefactors who've lived like her fictional villains.

Steve Jobs: he reinvented computers, movies, music, and telephones—just because it was cool

Paul Krugman: he corrupted economics and cheapened public discourse for the sake of partisan politics

John Allison: he built one of America's strongest banks—by having 30,000 employees read Atlas Shrugged

Angelo Mozilo: the predatory lender who used taxpayer money to inflate the subprime housing bubble

Bill Gates: he became the richest man in the world—and his government almost destroyed him

Barney Frank: the populist politician who turned Fannie Mae into a weapon of mass economic destruction

T. J. Rodgers: the bad-boy high-tech CEO—who speaks out against corporate welfare and political correctness

Alan Greenspan: Ayn Rand's lifelong friend who became an economic czar—the ultimate sellout or a double-agent for libertarianism?

Milton Friedman: he made economics into a science—and showed that capitalism and freedom are inseparable

Written by well-known market commentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta, I Am John Galt is filled with incisive and entertaining profiles and exclusive interviews. Let yourself be inspired as the characters of Ayn Rand's world come to life. Read and learn—you, too, can say, "I am John Galt."

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"Love her or hate her, Ayn Rand and I agree that free-market capitalism is the best way to prosperity. Her books show that capitalism and capitalists always triumph, no matter what the odds. Real life can work the same way if you have courage, integrity, and idealism. The real-life capitalist heroes that Don Luskin and Andrew Greta write about in this book prove it."
Larry Kudlow, CNBC's The Kudlow Report

"Our world today is just like Ayn Rand's novels—it's a battleground of ideas. We are watching play out a war of intrusive government, corrupt businessmen, and sellout economists versus the innovators, entrepreneurs, and just plain working people who make the world grow. Don Luskin and Andrew Greta report from the front lines, showing that there are still great people achieving big things, standing defiantly against the enemies of growth."
Arthur B. Laffer, founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates

"Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta bring Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged to life. Hank Rearden lives. Sadly, so too does Wesley Mouch."
Grover Glenn Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118013786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118013786
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #475,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Terry L., Brock on May 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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This book is a natural for anyone who knows about and enjoys Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It also has analogies from Ayn Rand's earlier book, The Fountainhead. Not only is this book educational but it is inspirational. I found it particularly good to learn how to deal with the inevitable enemies who will circle around you and try to pull you down. Read how one of the authors deftly handled a well-known prominent economist and learn how to deal with detractors in your own life. You'll love the stories of heroes who overcame vast odds and demonstrated a strong character --- right out of the pages of Atlas Shrugged. "I Am John Galt" is a great book that will help you in your personal and professional life. Get it. Read it. Become a better person because of it.
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62 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Gina Carr on May 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a big Ayn Rand fan and I LOVE this book. It is simply brilliant how Luskin and Greta take modern-day movers and shakers and compare them to Ayn's most famous characters. I think they really nail the Heroes and the Villains. My favorite is Steve Jobs as Howard Roark and Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler. However, a close second was Bill Gates as Henry Rearden and Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch.

Luskin and Greta's understanding of today's business, economic and political climate combined with their understanding of Rand's Objectivist philosophy make this a MUST READ for all lovers of liberty and freedom.
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45 of 59 people found the following review helpful By R. Ridgeway on May 24, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was a great read!

Each chapter gives a detailed background of a real-life individual hero or villain and their Ayn Rand equivalent character.

Some of my favorites in this book:

Don Luskin's factual deconstruction of the hack Paul Krugman (Rand's Collectivist, Ellsworth Toohey), is by itself worth the purchase of more than one book. Senator Barney Frank (Rand's Government Central Planner, Wesley Mouch) is what too many politicians actually are: Power-Wielding, life-long bureaucrats that have not produced anything of value their entire life, feeding at the taxpayer trough with redistribution schemes that destroy.

The positives and uplifting come through with John Allison (Rand's Hero, John Galt) along with his 10 points value system. Allison, the leader is fitting. My favorite and the one I relate to most is probably T.J. Rodgers (Rand's Capitalist Champion, Francisco d'Anconia). His clarity is inspiring. Quoting Rodgers from page 194 of I Am John Galt: "Freedom is good, period. End of Discussion." Rodgers colorful, biting humor is...well, read the book (see page 206).

This book is a timeline that links past fiction to present reality. Some issues are complex but as with all of Don Luskin's work, he makes the information understandable and entertaining.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Johnny & Riza on May 31, 2011
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The introduction to this book is an informative and miraculously satisfying overview of Rand's philosophy. The book in total seems like an engineering text that reifies abstract physical phenomena by application. Seeing Rand's ideas in the book's subtitle of "Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It" bring the ideas to life.

A second but not secondary benefit is this book's historical record of factors which caused and exacerbated the financial meltdown of 2008. The roles of Wesley Mouch/Barney Frank, Angelo Mozilla/James Taggart, and Alan Greenspan/Robert Stadler receive careful study, as does the contrary example of BB&T's John Allison as John Galt. The sum of these chapters is a comprehensive, factual, rational explanation of the crisis and how it could have been lessened or averted.

Entertaining and informative.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Will on July 15, 2011
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A well reasoned analysis of Ayn Rand's relevance in todays world. It brings Rand's philosophy alive with the comparison of Rand's Characters from the Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged and the heroes and villans, we can relate to.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I got the book on Thursday and devoured it over the weekend. It helps (but is not mandatory) if you're conversant with Rand. It's been so long since I read her that it was almost like (re)discovering her....( aside: My favorite, without a doubt, was 'We The Living'.)............ However, the authors supply plenty of foundational info so that even if you only know of Rand and her characters from the SOMETIMES EMBARASSING over-the-top praise from most ardent fans and/or the out-of-control-panic-stricken-often hate filled tirades of her critics the book is totally accessible.
It's been too long that I read a book that made me angry if and when I got a bit tired---I did not want to stop reading!
The book can be read straight through or you can easily pick and choose the characters and chapters as you like...
The clear message to me, however, is that this President and his Administration MUST be stopped in its tracks and their 'successes' MUST be reversed or the Exceptional America we knew, the Bold Experiment, this Essential Nation will be no more. This President has pushed us further and further away from celebrating the worth of the free individual...away from personal liberty...and towards the tyranny of the State.
This book is a wonderful addition to the arsenal that must be assembled in order to crush (AT THE BALLOT BOX!) this collective urge I call 'Obamunism'.
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