"Atlas Shrugged"


     "Thanks to Ayn Rand, liberty and individualism remain prominent ideas in American literature. First published in 1957, Atlas Shrugged remained on The New York Times Bestseller List for 21 weeks, peaking at number four.  In 2011 alone Atlas Shrugged sold 415,000 copies and Atlas Shrugged has made numerous “best of” lists.  In 1991 the Book of the Month Club and Library of Congress asked readers to name the most influential book in their lives: Atlas Shrugged came in second only to the Bible." cite 

     "Few novels have had an impact as enduring as Atlas Shrugged, a dystopian allegory in which captains of industry struggle against stifling regulations and an over-reaching government and one by one close down production, bringing the world economy to its knees."  cite 

     "The book depicts a dystopian United States in which private businesses suffer under increasingly burdensome laws and regulations."  cite 

      "Ayn Rand is a popular author among people who create more wealth than they consume and believe they have the right to keep their wealth and use as they please.  People who don't like Rand tend to be people who consume more wealth than they produce. This would include the political class, the welfare class, academics and spoiled rich kids." cite 

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