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Atlas Shrugged (Paperback)

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    Ayn Rand's epochal novel, first published in 1957, has been a bestseller for more than four decades as well as an intellectual landmark. It is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world--and did. Was he a destroyer or ......more

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Ayn Rand's epochal novel, first published in 1957, has been a bestseller for more than four decades as well as an intellectual landmark. It 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?

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 woman who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's masterpiece. It is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.

Ayn Rand was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 2, 1905. At age six she taught herself to read and two years later discovered her first fictional hero in a French magazine for children, thus capturing the heroic vision which sustained her throughout her life. At the age of nine she decided to make fiction writing her career. Thoroughly opposed to the mysticism and collectivism of Russian culture, she thought of herself as a European writer, especially after encountering Victor Hugo, the writer she most admired.

During her high school years, she was eyewitness to both the Kerensky Revolution, which she supported, and?in 1917?the Bolshevik Revolution, which she denounced from the outset. In order to escape the fighting, her family went to the Crimea, where she finished high school. The final Communist victory brought the confiscation of her father's pharmacy and periods of near-starvation. When introduced to American history in her last year of high school, she immediately took America as her model of what a nation of free men could be.

When her family returned from the Crimea, she entered the University of Petrograd to study philosophy and history. Graduating in 1924, she experienced the disintegration of free inquiry and the takeover of the university by communist thugs. Amidst the increasingly gray life, her one great pleasure was Western films and plays. Long an admirer of cinema, she entered the State Institute for Cinema Arts in 1924 to study screenwriting.

In late 1925 she obtained permission to leave Soviet Russia for a visit to relatives in the United States. Although she told Soviet authorities that her visit would be short, she was determined never to return to Russia. She arrived in New York City in February 1926. She spent the next six months with her relatives in Chicago, obtained an extension to her visa, and then left for Hollywood to pursue a career as a screenwriter.

On Ayn Rand's second day in Hollywood, Cecil B. DeMille saw her standing at the gate of his studio, offered her a ride to the set of his movie The King of Kings, and gave her a job, first as an extra, then as a script reader. During the next week at the studio, she met an actor, Frank O'Connor, whom she married in 1929; they were married until his death fifty years later.

After struggling for several years at various nonwriting jobs, including one in the wardrobe department at the RKO Radio Pictures, Inc., she sold her first screenplay, "Red Pawn," to Universal Pictures in 1932 and saw her first stage play, Night of January 16th, produced in Hollywood and then on Broadway. Her first novel, We the Living, was completed in 1934 but was rejected by numerous publishers, until The Macmillan Company in the United States and Cassells and Company in England published the book in 1936. The most autobiographical of her novels, it was based on her years under Soviet tyranny.

She began writing The Fountainhead in 1935. In the character of the architect Howard Roark, she presented for the first time the kind of hero whose depiction was the chief goal of her writing: the ideal man, man as "he could be and ought to be." The Fountainhead was rejected by twelve publishers but finally accepted by the Bobbs-Merrill Company. When published in 1943, it made history by becoming a best seller through word-of-mouth two years later, and gained for its author lasting recognition as a champion of individualism.

Ayn Rand returned to Hollywood in late 1943 to write the screenplay for The Fountainhead, but wartime restrictions delayed production until 1948. Working part time as a screenwriter for Hal Wallis Productions, she began her major novel, Atlas Shrugged,

Author:
Rand, Ayn
Genre:
FICTION / Literary
Audience:
General/trade
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Pages:
1168
Language:
English
Publisher:
Plume
Publish Date:
08/01/1999
Copyright Year:
1957
ISBN:
9780452011878
Height:
9.0 in
Wdth:
6.0 in
Thickness:
2.25 in
Unit weight:
2.4 lb
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  • Amazing book could not put it down!

    Highly recommend for everyone to read and pass around to friends and family to read as well.

    • How did the image on site compare with the actual product? exact
    • How accurate was the on site description of the product? perfect
    • Please tell us about the quality of the product. great book
    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Could be shorter.....

    Gets a bit TOO descriptive, at times. Verges on rambling. Main idea is brilliant and provocative...........could've been written yesterday.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Atlas Shrugged

    This book should be required reading with a test for anyone who aspires to be elected to public office. An absolute must read for anyone who claims to be knowledgeable.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Atlas Shrugged - again

    The first time that I read Atlas Shrugged, it was a copy that I got from the public library. This was a few years ago. I now have my own copy, and am reading it for the 2nd time. It is one of those types of novels, to me. I will return to it again, and again. This is the best novel that I?ve ever read. It just barely beats out War and Peace.This is a big novel, with big events, big characters, and big consequences. It celebrates the potential, and the power, of the individual will. It is also a blistering critique of the `collectivist' mindset. I can see striking similarities to things that are going on in the world, today ? and this was written over 50 years ago.If you believe that each of us is the captain of our own ship, and the ultimate determiners of our own destinies, then Atlas Shrugged is for you. If you believe that we all are responsible for each other, and that `someone needs to do something' - then do not read this novel, it will only make you cringe.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • Atlas Shrugged

    Ms. Rand's theory, "Objectivism," as espoused in her epic tome, "Atlas Shrugged," is timeless, and thus as important today - perhaps more so - than when she finally completed it in 1957. I cannot recommend it enough. For every person who firmly believes that the individual possesses inalienable rights (as declared in our very own Declarationof Independence), i.e. life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, this is a must read.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
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