Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand

  • Release Date: 1959-07-01
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,110 Ratings)


Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

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 Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.


  • Awesome

    By GJ Mina
    This book changed the way I think about my right to be happy.
  • A master piece

    By Galaxy Burr
    This book is the reason why I was able to overcome depression. It’s the book that shattered my chains in my mind that slow me down in life. It challenges your mind and shifts your perspective of life. This book makes you work and it’s not for the lazy but the competent
  • Must Read

    By RobNardo
    Should be required reading for every HS student
  • Love it or hate it, you’ll learn

    By Johnny Engineer
    Let’s be honest, whether you love or hate this book depends more on your political leanings, than on your literary taste. Having said that, I will always take self-reliance, intelligence and achievement over namby-pamby sentiments of entitlement. I love this book not only because of its message, but because of its plot, its well-developed characters and it’s foray into a number of genres including political thriller, science fiction and romance. Two criticisms which I understand or that the book is too long and that the dialogue is pedantic. A little context goes a long way in understanding Rand’s writing style. She is Russian and she writes like a Russian: long developed paragraphs, tons of exposition and a lot of lingering on characters’ thoughts. It is a characteristic Russian authors. The dialogs for the most part are written in the format ancient Greek question and answer philosophical debates. To our modern sensibilities it seems that she takes too long to reach a conclusion. Some of the reviews lead me to believe that the reviewer good night actually read the book. Once such a critic says that sometimes businessmen or corruptible. Atlas shrugged is full of corrupt businessman. Actually they are portrayed as being villainous. An important distinction that needs to be made is that rands hero is not a businessman. He or she is an entrepreneur of high intelligence, tremendous work ethic and unfaltering vision. She is glorifying the Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates of the world. Finally, I find it ironic that so many so-called progressives don’t give Rand credit for her portrayal of a strong woman, not hampered by the constraints of her era. The fact that Dagny Taggart outperforms the vast majority of men, is unabashedly sexual and is in every sense a woman should be celebrated. Particularly since this book was published in 1957. Anyway, I’ve gone on for too long and I’m not even Russian.
  • Amazing novel. We’re living it now.

    By PHXDana
    I have this work on my iPad, on my desk, on a bookshelf and in my briefcase. Rand is a worthwhile, tough read. It gains nuance with additional reading.
  • May be recommended however...

    By Lrn2222
    I read this book as a requirement. I’m not a fan.
  • One of the Great Books

    By Escaped Ithaca
    It was once required reading; it should be again. Liberals and socialists actively deride it and make sure it’s removed from libraries. It is much more than a novel. It’s inspiration for anyone who believes in freedom and the primacy of the individual over the state. It is not an easy read, but it may change your life and explain the idiocy of what is called modern “progressive” thinking. You have value. Your work and the product of your labor has value. Your ideas are yours. No one has a right to to take these things from you. And you have the right to decide how they will be used. What is the alternative?
  • Childish poorly written

    By Chic606
    One the worst book I’ve ever read. It’s embarrassingly bad. If you get through hundreds of page-long paragraphs of pointless blathering to get the essence of this book, you’ll be left with a childish premise that gets infantile as it nears the end. After hearing so many conversational references to this book and seeing it on so many bookshelves I decided to read it. I now doubt those who like this book have actually read it beginning to end.
  • Classic

    By Tyrone7782
    Changed history. It needs to be read by everyone, whether you agree or not.
  • Trash.

    By p-51 Mustang
    No need to say more.