Atlas Shrugged

ISBN-10: 0451191145

ISBN-13: 9780451191144

Edition: 35th 1997 (Revised)

Authors: Ayn Rand
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Description: Published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged was Ayn Rand's greatest achievement and last work of fiction. In this novel she dramatizes her unique philosophy through an intellectual mystery story that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex. Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economy is collapsing as a result of the mysterious disappearance of leading innovators and industrialists, 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 train tunnels. Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.

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List price: $9.99
Edition: 35th
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1088
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 1.70" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982 Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and she came to the United States in 1926 with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. In 1929, she married actor Charles "Frank" O'Connor. After arriving in Hollywood, Rand was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille standing at the gate of his studio and gave her a job as an extra in King of Kings. She also worked as a script reader and a wardrobe girl and, in 1932, she sold Red Pawn to Universal Studios. In the 1950's, she returned to New York City where she hosted a Saturday night group she called "the collective." It was also during this time that Rand received a fan letter from a young man, Nathaniel Branden. She was impressed with his letter, and she wrote him back. Her correspondence with him eventually led to an affair that lasted over a decade. He became her chief spokesperson and codified the principles of her novels into a strict philosophical system (objectivism) and founded an institute bearing his name. Their affair ended in 1968 when Branden got involved with another one of Rand's disciples. According to Rand, people are inherently selfish and act only out of personal interest making a selfish act, a rational one. It is from this belief that her characters play out their lives. Rand's first novel was "We the Living" (1936) and was followed by "Anthem" (1938), "The Fountainhead" (1943), and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957). All four of her novels made the top ten of the controversial list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. On March 6, 1982, Ayn Rand died in her New York City apartment.

Context
Plot Overview
Character List
Analysis of Major Characters
John Galt
Dagny Taggart
James (Jim) Taggart
Hank Rearden
Francisco D'Anconia
Themes, Motifs & Symbols
The Importance of the Mind
The Evils of Collectivism
The Need to Integrate Mind and Body
Rhetorical Questions
Motive Power
Bridges
The Sign of the Dollar
The Bracelet
Wyatt's Torch
Atlas
Summary & Analysis
Part One, Chapters I-II
Part One, Chapters III-IV
Part One, Chapters V-VI
Part One, Chapters VII-VIII
Part One, Chapters IX-X
Part Two, Chapters I-II
Part Two, Chapters III-IV
Part Two, Chapters V-VI
Part Two, Chapters VII-VIII
Part Two, Chapters IX-X
Part Three, Chapters I-II
Part Three, Chapters III-IV
Part Three, Chapters V-VI
Part Three, Chapters VII-VIII
Part Three: Chapters IX-X
Important Quotations Explained
Key Facts
Study Questions & Essay Topics
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