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Amanda Sakaguchi | 5 comments It was very hard for me to separate the story from the economic/political philosophy. And I don't really agree with her philopsophy...I think it might be best to just leave it at that instead of fully reviewing it.


Brittany Adams (brittanysayzmoo) | 3 comments I'm reading this for week 10 (an author I should have read by now) even though I just started it today. My grandmother has been trying to get me to read this book for a few years now. I'm only about 25 pages in but so far it's seems alright. Only like 1000 more pages to go.... So hopefully it stays interesting!


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J Austill | 673 comments While I have considered this book to be one that I should read, my issues with The Fountainhead make me resistant to trying another Rand book. If I did, I'd probably go with Anthem as a means of giving the author a second chance while not committing a month (or more) of my reading time.


Anastasia (anastasiaharris) | 1331 comments I read this one a few years ago for a scholarship I was applying for. It has recently been turned into a made for tv movie.
This book is a good demonstration of how movies, tv shows and books can take the what if scenario to the extremes and see where it goes in a safe way. While I am a middle of the road person when it comes to politics I was intrigued by her ideas of capitalism vs socialism in the United States.
That being said, I will not be picking up another one of her books anytime soon.


Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments Atlas Shrugged
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

GR synopsis:
This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators?

Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor — and the motive power of every man? 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 characters in this story.

Tremendous in its scope, 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 composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph — to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad — to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.

You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions.

This is a mystery story, not about the murder — and rebirth — of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.


I started this book for the first time last night. It is part of my Mega Challenge, a book that changed the world. I don't know how I made it through a public school education in America without ever picking up this book, but somehow I did. I'm not sure this book changed the world, but people talk about it as though it has. I also remember having the option to write an essay for a college entrance exam on the long term impact Atlas Shrugged had on the world. So, that has to hold some weight.


Manda (bookwenchmanda) | 1094 comments I finished this last night and I really loved it. Okay, there was a point where I was getting antsy for it to end. I didn't think the end would ever come, but the book was really good! I really loved Dagney, even at her worst moments. I was entranced by the relevancy to what is going on in today's world of politics. And as Anastasia stated above, I am interested in Rand's ideas of capitalism/socialism.

After reading this I feel like I did my Poli Sci masters a disservice of not having read this sooner and applying it to my studies. I'm happy that I finally got around to reading it, even though I feel like I just finished with a long trek through the jungle. I'm not sure I'll pick this up again any time soon, but it will be a long time staple on my bookshelf. I feel like I need some time before I jump into attempting to read The Fountainhead (ie: I need some mindless books between them).

4/5


Angela | 397 comments I read this for 2018’s Week 45 - a book that intimidates/scares you. Turgid and verbose. It was definitely challenging and a bit intimidating having to read nearly 1,200 pages of a political and economic philosophy which doesn’t necessarily align with one’s core values. And, like Amanda, that is all I’ll say on it.


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Lisa | 54 comments I'm reading this for 2019's Week 39 - a book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life. Like Angela, I agree the writing style is turgid and verbose and unnecessarily so. I'm listening to an unabridged audio reading and this story can definitely be shorter than 61.5 hours.


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