Atlas Shrugged

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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...

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Elon Musk Founder/SpaceXA counterpoint to communism and useful as such, but should be tempered with kindness. (Source)

Steve Jobs Founder/Appleis said by his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, to have regarded Atlas Shrugged as one of his “guides in life”. (Source)

Travis Kalanick [Travis Kalanick mentioned this book in a Washington Post interview.] (Source)

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Peter Diamandis Author, Founder/Singularity UniversitySomething I’ve read multiple times to get me in the mindset of not letting anything stand in my way (Source)

Rex Tillerson CEO/ExxonMobilCEO recommends the book because it shows the positive impact that business leaders can make on the world. (Source)

Anne Heller If you read only one book about libertarianism, read this legendary 1957 novel, a 1,100-page deconstruction of the Marxian proposition. (Source)

Brink Lindsey Most fundamentally, Rand was a militant atheist and rejected conservatism’s attempt to ground free society in religious principles. (Source)

Audrey Russo Reading Atlas Shrugged. For quite a few reasons, not just her thinking about Objectivism, but about the role of a woman in business – in architecture and construction. There were few stories where women of strength and endurance were captured in roles outside of Hollywood. Additionally, this final book of Ayn Rand’s delved into the mechanics of business, including the complexities, nuances and the role of government. No academic studies had ever provided me with the contextual nuances AND importance of business. (Source)

Antonio Eram ​As of today my favorite book is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged​. Her magnum opus drives an astonishing story about valor, creativity, and everything in between. This book brings a beautiful melange of philosophy, politics, and drama that’s so contemporary. I do believe this book should be included in the mandatory list of books for students. (Source)

Jesper Bylund I grew up in Sweden, which was a very socialist country and in some ways still is. So I had a very warped view of how the world worked, and I felt hemmed in and caged by it. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged saved me from what I think was certain depression. The book has not aged well, and is usually misrepresented, but growing up close to the iron curtain it clearly described why some of the odd things in centralized organizations and governments work the way they work. (Source)

Bryan Callen I remember reading Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. That's good fodder for a young man. It sets these bold, stark characters - you could even call them Christ figures - and you think to yourself, 'I want to be that'. (Source)

Gabby Reece [I read this book when] I was 15, and I gave [it] to a lot of people because it shifted how I looked at certain things. (Source)

Bob Metcalfe My favorite book. (Source)

Amelia Boone When I read [this book] in my teens, Dagny Taggart’s character spoke to me on a level I’d never experienced with any other novel. (Source)

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