Best Book I Never Finished: Atlas Shrugged

| October 20, 2011

Why “Atlas Shrugged”?

My classmate kept writing “Who is John Galt?” all over the student lounge in undergrad. This annoyed me. So, I looked up the reference and found it was from “Atlas Shrugged.” I heard of the book and decided I would pick it up. Fortunately, my boss gave me his used copy the same month. So, I decided to tackle this beast of a novel (all 1200 pages) during my junior year. It was definitely interesting. I put it down for a couple of months while I traveled, worked, and read other books. Soon it was buried on my book shelf. I picked it up last year to discover it was still worth a read, only to put it down when I started a new job with a crazy, long commute. My motion sickness doesn’t allow me to read during my travels, so I just set it back down…this time, in a box — as I was moving, again. The book now resides in my favorite, interim storage unit — my parent’s house. ¬†Sadly, my apartment doesn’t permit much space for books (or anything else for that matter). Hopefully one day I will finish the book. If you would like to (attempt to) read it, the information is below!


Title: Atlas Shrugged

Author: Ayn Rand

Publisher: Plume, reprint edition

Call Number: 812R157 O3

From The Publisher:

Ayn Rand’s epochal novel, first published in 1957, has been a bestseller for more than four decades as well as an intellectual landmark. It 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?

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 woman who runs a transcontinental railroad…to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.

Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil,¬†Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s masterpiece. It is a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller.

On The Web:

Amazon – Atlas Shrugged book page

Amazon – Ayn Rand Page

Penguin(Plume) – from the Publisher