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Atlas Shrugged

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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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 1096 pages
  • 108 x 176 x 46mm | 479.99g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 35th Anniversary ed.
  • 0451191145
  • 9780451191144
  • 1,386

About Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.show more

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290,104 ratings
3.67 out of 5 stars
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Our customer reviews

This is a truly superb novel. It is hugely misunderstood by people with no philosophical foundation. Ayn Rand was right, as evidenced by history and current events. I highly recommend this book to any enquiring, open, active mind. JD.show more
by Jonathan Dickson
The text is really small. We're talking about pocket dictionary size.show more
by Rob Liu
It always stuns me that this book is taken seriously. Its main characters are misanthropic and perverse in the extreme. That people view the book as life changing and have adopted its ideology is disturbing.show more
by Pete Kavanagh
This version should be advertised a "travel friendly version" because of the ridiculously small size of the book, microscopic print size and the strange way text has been crammed in on each page. The middle of the book has a thick card advert to join something like the Ayn Rand booklover's club. Good luck tearing out this perforated card without damaging the rest of the book. Its a classic book, just not enjoyable to read in this format.show more
by Mr Ivan Tcherkashnev
I know the phrase 'life changing' is cliche in the world of book reviews, but there really is no other way to describe Ayn Rand's masterpiece, Atlas Shrugged. Being long, complex, and controversial, it's not for the faint hearted. However, Atlas Shrugged is one of those novels that actually change the way you view life. Even if you're not interested in the philosphy which Rand clearly tries to convey throughtout the novel; the story, the characters, and the great mystery alone is enough to warrant a read. Truly the greatest book I have ever had the honour to read.show more
by Bryce Hartell
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