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Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?
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 amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.
Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rands most extensive statement of Objectivismher groundbreaking philosophyoffers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth centurys leading artists.
Grey FedoraAge: 55-65Gender: male1 Stars Out Of 5Simplistic and ContrivedJuly 2, 2013Grey FedoraAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Over 1000 pages of contrived plot, one dimensional characters and straw man arguments that wouldn't hold in a high school debate class. Parts of the book are a compelling read, Rand's villains are easy to hate. But it could definitely use a good editor.
Set in a dystopian 1950's world, with elements of science fiction and rapture theology tossed in, Rand uses the book as a platform to expound her philosophy of "objectivism," a philosophy that has more in common with Anton LeVay than Jesus of Nazareth. This book should be read only by mature Christians.
That Rand's works are being advertised on Christian web sites and her philosophy has become an integral part of the platform of a major US political party are reminders that the Apostle Paul's observation of spiritual wickedness in high places is just as true today as when he wrote it 2000 years ago.
Uncle ZachAndrews, NCAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5Consistently non-ChristianDecember 28, 2012Uncle ZachAndrews, NCAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I was a little surprised to see that this book was being sold by cbd without any type of disclaimer. Ayn Rand was not a Christian, nor was she sympathetic towards Christianity. She viewed Christianity as mindless mysticism. So why do I give her book 4 stars? Well, she is a very consistent hedonist. She believes that everything in this world is about the individual. Everything exists to make her happy and the book accurately reflects her worldview.
I really appreciate her political philosophy. I think this is one of the best books showing the value and importance of capitalism and the free enterprise system. She shows the inherent unworkability of socialism. In every culture that has tried the socialistic experiment it has failed and sadly the US is on its way there, even more so now then when Rand first wrote.
I totally disagree with her when she tries to carry this philosophy over to morality. In fact there are several very sexual parts in the book where she is describing how much she loves to have herself pleased sexually by her partners that is pretty disturbing, albeit consistent with her worldview.
Also, she is way too idealistic when it comes to her protagonist. I don't want to sound sexist but you can tell that it's obviously written by a woman because the female protagonist is portrayed as the woman that every rational thinking man is supposed to fall in love with (which, of course, they do). And then each one is content that she chooses the next in line because it just makes sense rationally.
So in summary, it's a great book. If you are a believer, know that she isn't and you won't whole-heartedly agree with her on the basics. She has some great things to say against socialism, but horrible things to say regarding morality. If you don't think you can separate those two then just read the reviews.
marionbmcAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Atlas ShruggedSeptember 26, 2012marionbmcAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A phenomenal book! Can't believe Ayn Rand could see our society today in the 40's. Recommend everone read this book.
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This book may not be an ideal read for every Christian, but some Christians may find it to be enormously useful.