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Atlas Shrugged

by Ayn Rand


In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts?

In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? And why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies but against the woman he loves?

Tremendous in scope and breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus, an electrifying moral defense of capitalism and free enterprise which launched an ideological movement and gained millions of loyal fans around the world.

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Recommendations: 3

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Reading time: 6165 hours

Recommendations


Bob Metcalfe
Engineer

There is one in particular. It’s called Atlas Shrugged, which is my favorite book. Well, I read it for the first time right after it was written. I was I think I eighth grade or so at an impressionable age. And I fell in love with Dagny Taggart. And I always wanted to be Howard Rourke. And there was something – there were some feelings I had, at the time, that it said were okay. It gave me permission to feel a certain way about myself. And it related to competitiveness and winning and how this – and it touched on the invisible hand of free enterprise and capitalism and that whole package I bought into lock, stock, and barrel. So, I’ve been giving out Atlas Shrugged since the ‘60s.


Gabrielle Reece
Volleyball Player and Model

I read Atlas Shrugged when I was 15, and I gave that book to a lot of people because it shifted just sort of how I looked at certain things.


Peter Diamandis
Engineer, Physician, and Entrepreneur

I love Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. It’s something I’ve read multiple times to get me in the mindset of not letting anything stand in my way and really driven by passion.