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Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged: A Philosophical and Literary Companion New Ed Edition
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One such man, Dr. Edward Younkins of Wheeling Jesuit University, has long argued the merits and deeper meaning of Ayn Rand's ideas and Objectivist philosophy, which was laid out so completely in her culminating work, Atlas Shrugged. While Dr. Younkins has authored other works on related ideas, he may well consider this his crowning achievement. Few have understood this complex and artistic work with the depth and breadth of Dr. Younkins, and he has worked with many of the worlds leading scholars, authors, philosophers, businessmen, and educators to compile thirty six different essays on various aspects of Atlas Shrugged. Each contributor has laid out in easily understood form a different aspect of Atlas Shrugged and its significance to the human condition.
Dr. Younkins has then organized each of these separate works into a comprehensive companion, designed to help anyone understand the deeper truths Ayn Rand worked so hard to articulate to those who are willing to look. After reading Dr. Younkins' companion compilation, it is clear to anyone why the works of Ayn Rand have had such staying power and influence over the best and brightest minds of our age, from such minds as Alan Greenspan all the way down to the causal reader just looking for a good story. Anyone wanting to expand their knowledge and understanding of this classic work need look no further.
Dagny Taggart is the female protagonist. This is a story about one person's fight against government corruption and greed. As an executive for one of the biggest railroads in the country run by her brother, she is frustrated by the lack of production from other workers until she runs into Henry Rearden, a scientist who has created his own metal plant and through many hours of hard work has grown the company to be one of the best in the industry. The two discover they have a lot of ideas in common in regards to work ethic and business practices.
Against Dagny and Henry (and many other industry giants introduced in the book) is the government which believes that they should share the wealth they have created for themselves from their own hard work with the rest of the world. In addition, they should share the secrets of their success with the rest of the world so that other companies can produce the same product without having to put in the same amount of work.
John M. Vanderslice
Among the better-informed, more analytical essays, there is a common attitude that if put into words would be expressed "Ayn Rand was smart, but I know better." These authors would have done well to gone back to her work to add to the knowledge they already had about her. Consider:
* Contributor Sechrest takes Ayn Rand to task for not embracing anarchism, contending that "Atlas Shrugged" provides a case for it. Secrest thinks that the novel validates his view over Rand's because Galt's Gulch functions with civility although it has no laws, just custom. (pg. 193-94) Contributor MacCallum likewise writes, "While Rand was ahead of many of her contemporaries in advocating a limited government, she stopped there, perhaps fearful that to go further would be to add the proverbial straw, branding her thought as anarchistic and thereby consigning it to intellectual oblivion." (pg. 197) Yes, Ayn Rand was an advocate of limited government, and, no, she was not inconsistent.Read more ›
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Thought I was ordering Atlas Shrugged and it was a "literary companion". That was a disappointment and now I have to order the original novel.Published on December 31, 2009 by Salome
Regardless of how one feels about Rand's "philosophy" it is inarguable that she is a terrible, terrible writer. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by Barbara Goodman
The title of the book makes it sound like it is the original book, but is actually a study of the actual book. Read morePublished on May 21, 2009 by Roger Holloway