Finished Reading Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. Rand considered Atlas Shrugged to be her magnum opus. Atlas Shrugged is about a railroad heiress, Dagny Taggart, as she watches society collapse around her as the government increasingly asserts control over industry. All while society’s most productive citizens, led by the mysterious John Galt, continue to disappear. Galt strives to stop the motor of the world by withdrawing the minds that drive social growth and productivity. With their minds on strike Galt’s group hopes to demonstrate that the economy will collapse without the profit motive and efforts of the rational and productive.
Atlas Shrugged is one of the best books I’ve read. The book has an amazing story and plot line. I got into the characters as they developed. Ayn Rand’s writing and philosophical background culminate into a truly amazing book. Rand’s views on individual rights and laissez-faire capitalism shine through as she portrays society collapsing around the growing government control in Atlas Shrugged. I portion of my enjoyment of the book centers around Rand’s and my shared views on government and business controls. Overall Atlas Shrugged is great book; Rand’s focus is on story development with a heavy undertone of her options on limited government control. Even if you don’t care about politics or business you will still enjoy Atlas Shrugged. I’m looking forward to reading Ayn Rand’s other books like The Fountainhead.