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Atlas Shrugged Mass Market Paperback – September 1, 1996
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''Countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict heroism, idealism, and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspires readers to come to the defense of free minds and free markets.'' --Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice
''Narrator Scott Brick takes listeners on a journey so extraordinary they'll hardly notice the book's length. While his performance offers little in the way of theatrics, Brick is capable of garnering sympathy and, perhaps most importantly, devout attention for Rand's plot and characters. On the surface, Brick's voice is a cool, unrelenting force determined to capture every facet of Rand's complex story. But amid his calm and collected delivery, he taps into a more colorful emotional palette that will keep listeners involved. Brick's subtle delivery holds far more than meets the ear.'' --AudioFile
''[A] vibrant and powerful novel of ideas.'' --New York Herald Tribune
''Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.'' --New York Daily Mirror
''Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also--or may I say--first of all--a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society.'' --Ludwig von Mises, philosopher and economist
''A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly.'' --The New York Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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. 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 Virtues 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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Top Customer Reviews
The cons are that there is a tinge of elitism and some characters do become caricatures. Sometime the book lacks nuance. I think the desire to do things well is more democratic than Rand does and that all of us have days where we are not at our best. Some of the characters are so purely good or evil that it loses some credibility. That said, I am not an adherent to the objectivist philosophy Rand is espousing in the book but I didn't find that to be a detractor to enjoying the book. I would have to say that she is an extremely gifted writer and that this book is an important work worth reading. Beyond that, I just really found the book to fun to read and looked forward to the few minutes a day I set aside for reading for pleasure. I would recommend it to everyone. Obviously, if you agree with free market economics, it will be easier to get into but I wouldn't let disagreeing with that keep you from reading it.
Every young person should read it around the time s/he turns 20, and every middle-aged person should read it again to re-absorb its lessons.
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