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Atlas Shrugged [Kindle Edition]

Ayn Rand
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''Countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict heroism, idealism, and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspires readers to come to the defense of free minds and free markets.'' --Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

''Narrator Scott Brick takes listeners on a journey so extraordinary they'll hardly notice the book's length. While his performance offers little in the way of theatrics, Brick is capable of garnering sympathy and, perhaps most importantly, devout attention for Rand's plot and characters. On the surface, Brick's voice is a cool, unrelenting force determined to capture every facet of Rand's complex story. But amid his calm and collected delivery, he taps into a more colorful emotional palette that will keep listeners involved. Brick's subtle delivery holds far more than meets the ear.'' --AudioFile

''[A] vibrant and powerful novel of ideas.'' --New York Herald Tribune

''Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.'' --New York Daily Mirror

''Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also--or may I say--first of all--a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society.'' --Ludwig von Mises, philosopher and economist

Countless individuals working to secure liberty have found inspiration in the works of Ayn Rand. With her unique ability to depict heroism, idealism, and romance behind the creativity of the individual, Rand inspires readers to come to the defense of free minds and free markets. --Chip Mellor, Institute for Justice

[A] vibrant and powerful novel of ideas.--New York Herald Tribune

Ayn Rand is destined to rank in history as the outstanding novelist and most profound philosopher of the twentieth century.--New York Daily Mirror

Atlas Shrugged is not merely a novel. It is also--or may I say: first of all--a cogent analysis of the evils that plague our society.--Ludwig von Mises --.

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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.You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not 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, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2275 KB
  • Print Length: 1188 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (21 April 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital South Asia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V8B5XO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic 24 October 2014
By Manick TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in time period where there was a major ideological conflicts between some of the world biggest nations.
While the focus is on a new philosophy,the author also never fails to portray the other side of the characters.Dagny Taggart, Taggart Transcontinental, Francisco d'Anconia ,Hank Rearden, these names would have ruled peoples mind in those days.

It show the importance of creative and hard working people and the aftermath of what would happen if they start giving lessons :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic on Individualism 29 June 2015
By Sanjay Agarwal TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book in 1985, and found that it had an enormous influence on my thinking for a long time. As a result, I snapped up all her works that came to the Indian book shops. Ms. Ayn Rand was a staunch believer in individual freedom, and an enlightened capitalism. She opposed, in principle, that one man be expected to serve another, either through private charity or through enforced socialism. However, as I grew up, I found that this philosophy had a limited relevance to one's life.

The novel, nevertheless, is extremely well-written and has a very unique plot. It traces the lives of individual entrepreneurs in the land of freedom, who are being held back by laws and people who want them to serve others instead. Ayn Rand uses the characters to make long, powerful, speeches about her philosophy. She also weaves this in very deftly with the lives of the heroes, and shows what can happen when we put creative, dynamic people in bondage. There is a pleasant, surprising ending, which affects you like a fresh dawn

As fiction, the book suffers from these long speeches. As a book on Ayn Rand's philosophy, the story helps us understand her philosophy better. Her skill is such that each is meaningless without the other. Therefore, if you just read the story, skipping the speeches, you will miss most of the flavour. And if you read some of her other works, without having read this novel, you will find it very difficult to visualise the implications of her complex arguments.

While I am sort of glad today that I found a more, multi-faceted, multi-hued approach to life (than what Ms. Rand offered), I do envy you, if you haven't read this book so far. If you buy this book, you are sure to be in for a treat.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still relevant even after all these years 12 August 2013
By nirbhay
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heard about this book from a friend, as i don't really read, many 1000+ page books, so I kind of started half heartily and initially around 100 pages it didn't seem very great as it was building the background for the book, a sort of fictional world (for me at-least, it may be relevant at the time when it was written). But after that, just book is just awesome, it explains why we should try to work hard and for WHOM we work when we open a factory or invent a new machine. Also it gives a biggest message that HAVING MONEY IS NOT BAD AT ALL and if you have put your heart in something you deserve to be paid for that.

When you see publication time of this was novel, you will realize, around the world, nothing has changed at all.

I will recommend this book to anyone who holds a job, in any field, after reading this book, you will definitely learn a thing or two.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 28 February 2015
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Haven`t` read a better novel with philosophical undertone.After so many years, it is so relevant and fresh.
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3.0 out of 5 stars you wud need a lens if your eyesight is not good.. 11 November 2014
By bhawana
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the publisher should have increased a little fo length n breadth of the book.....font size minute, you wud need a lens if your eyesight is not good ........so if u are looking for comfortable reading , go for other edition/publication.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to live by 29 May 2014
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Gripping plot with a philosophy for everyone. No flaws. Being a work of the mid 1900s exaggerating detail is abundantly vsible. But the twists never tend to stop till the end. (The longest book I've read by far).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Although the book is good to read 23 January 2015
By AJ
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Although the book is good to read, One should try it only if you have the patience to go on with a single book for 2 months :)
However the printing is too small to read in low light or while travelling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the greatest books I have ever 6 June 2015
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If you believe in reason,this book will tell you the ultimate power of reason and if you dont,it will make you believe in it by the virtue of sheer logic. one of the greatest books I have ever read
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