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Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Monday, December 31st, 2007
Posted in Reviews by Joel Gross

I just finished reading “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. Her philosophy, Objectivism, embodies most of what I believe: individualism, reason, free market capitalism, and allowing people to build for their own success. “Atlas Shrugged” builds on Ayn Rand’s previous book, “The Fountainhead” and greatly expands her philosophy. The actual writing and plot are not very good, but her ideas are brilliant. It took me a long time to get through it, because at the end there is a 45 page lecture by the main character essentially laying out her ideas in great detail and it is easy to become bogged down here. I put the book aside for awhile and came back to it and just finished it last night. I recommend it to everyone.