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Atlas Shrugged Mass Market Paperback – 1996
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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." This is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man's body, but 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.
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But someday I would read & understand why she thought this book an incredible classic. Some books like Orwell's 1984 are just as relevant today as when first written. Atlas shrugged stands the test of time. Prolific and just as poignant today as when it was first written. Incredible story with deep important undertones! Read it!
My daughter visited me with a very negative attitude which she changed after 3 weeks of my explaining repeatedly what she was misinterpreting. (It was an exhausting 3 weeks!) The major problem was she had not read the book … plus she listened to others that did not like the philosophy of the book.
Anyway, I think everyone should read this book completely and then use their minds to determine if there is anything in the book they can learn for themselves…..
Still, I think it is worth reading. If you can get past the speeches, there are ideas worth thinking about in the pages. You don't have to agree with the author, but you should understand why you disagree.
This book will either change your life, or you will simply refuse to accept its existence.
"If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater the effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders--what would you tell him to do?"
'"...People don't want to think. And the deeper they get into trouble, the less they want to think. But by some sort of instinct, they feel that they ought to and it makes them feel guilty. So they'll bless and follow anyone who gives them a justification for not thinking. Anyone who makes a virtue--a highly intellectual virtue--out of what they know to be their sin, their weakness and their guilt."
"The worst guilt is to accept an undeserved guilt--and that is what you have been doing all your life. You have been paying blackmail, not for your vices, but for your virtues. You have been willing to carry the load of an unearned punishment--and to let it grow the heavier the greater the virtues you practiced."
'"Your work is the purpose of your life, and you must speed past any killer who assumes the right to stop you, that any value you might find outside your work, any other loyalty or love, can be only travelers you choose to share your journey and must be travelers going on their own power in the same direction."
'"Productiveness is your acceptance of morality, your recognition of the fact that you choose to live--that productive work is the process by which man's consciousness controls his existence, a constant process of acquiring knowledge and shaping matter to fit one's purpose, of translating an idea into physical form, of r...emaking the earth in the image of one's values..."
'"From its start, this country was a threat to the ancient rule of mystics. In the brilliant, rocket-explosion of its youth, this country displayed to an incredulous world what greatness was possible to man, what happiness was possible on earth. It was one or the other: America or mystics."
'"Are you thinking that death and taxes are our only certainty, Mr. Rearden? Well, there's nothing I can do about the first, but if I lift the burden of the second, men might learn to see the connection between the two and what a longer, happier life they have the power to achieve. They might learn to hold, not death an...d taxes, but life and production as their two absolutes and as the base of their moral code."
'"No matter what her problem, this would always remain to her--this immovable conviction that evil was unnatural and temporary."
'"Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver. It will give you the means for the satisfaction of your desires, but it will not provide you with desires."