Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand

  • Release Date: 1959-07-01
  • Genre: Classics
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 2,060 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.


  • 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.
  • Meh.

    By Satanicpuppy
    As a fantasy novel it’s turgid and long-winded. As philosophy, it’s intellectually bankrupt. As the foundation for a political Ideology, it misses the entire point of politics by focusing on the individual.
  • Great

    By Lerato085
    Great book
  • A Transformative Narrative

    By Constant K.
    Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” is more than a novel. It’s a voyage of self-discovery for those willing to think - for those who place thought upon the highest of pedestals. Rand liberates those afraid to espouse their inherent ideals by giving them - her adherents - the weapon of a clearly delineated moral code. For those who understand: ours is the creed of life.
  • Brevity: Look it up

    By DJ Firefly
    This book doesn't make sense because Rand has combined the negative elements of her native Russia with what she finds ideal about the United States. Despite what she thinks, Capitalism can be corrupt. Businessmen can be corrupted by greed. The evil government thugs are ridiculous and must be a product of the Russia where she grew up. It might as well be a different planet. As a story, it's not bad, it's just too long. I'm shocked the publisher didn't tell her to cut a thousand pages. John Galt's radio monologue should have been reduced to five pages; a quarter of the way through it, I hated the hero of the book.
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    By Prometheus88
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  • This book changed my life

    By DiZZaster13356
    I only wish I read it earlier. Many interesting ideas and opinions, expressed through a fantastic storyline.
  • Great book, every American should read it!!!!

    By Eyeballer
    It has great ideas that anyone can apply i their life even if you don't agree with all of Rand's ideas. This book has opened my eyes to the world and made me more productive.