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 Atlas Shrugged

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Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Year Published: 1957

What Others are Saying:

  • In our age of wholesale abdication of responsibility, this is the book that strongly advocates libertarian values: initiative, hard work, meritocracy. These are the values on which our society is built and which keep it at the top of the list of thriving countries. The book advocates aspiration to creativity, success and accomplishment and is an inspiration to many of us.
  • Written in 1957, this novel is an excellent example of all that is both right with Capitalism and wrong with Collectivism and reflects modern-day America.
  • Puts capitalism and charity into perspective for those that that believe you must have one to have the other.
  • The book explores the virtues of hard work (ie labor), reason, individualism, capitalism and the failure of government coercion.
  • Atlas Shrugged makes clear the importance of an INDIVIDUAL'S LABOR, PRODUCTIVITY AND RESPONSIBILITY; without which there would not be anything for anyone else to do.
  • The book illustrates that jobs come not from a parasitic bureaucracy but by individuals with a free entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Humans work best when their minds are free and unfettered from excessive governmental intrusion. Excessive government intrusion burdens capitalism. Capitalism has been proven to be the best social programs as it provides the best paying jobs that add value to all Americans.
  • Personal responsibility vs. government control...EVERYONE needs to read this book!
  • Illustrates the value of entrepreneurial spirit, ownership and self-control.
  • There's few books out there that could be more relevant to shaping actual WORK in America.
  • It's a comprehensive example of why productive individuals, working to be the best they can be, drive innovation, production and the economy in contrast to central planning and government regulation. No other work so accurately captures the spirit of hard work, innovation, risk and drive that has made America the land of opportunity.
  • It explains what happens when the government diminishes the people that drive society's productivity by over-taxing and over-regulating - Jane
  • Multiple people have recommended this book and there's few books out there that could be more relevant to shaping actual WORK in America. Seems odd it has not been added to the reading list yet and that the one Ayn Rand book that is on the list (Anthem); just happens to be scooted to the left so that the general Alphabetical order being followed starts on the intro page with "B"…. another example of this Administration's transparency.
  • No other work so accurately captures the spirit of hard work, innovation, risk and drive that has made America the land of opportunity.


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