I weirdly cried at the end of reading this book 6/3/12. I really enjoyed it and want as many people to consider its contents carefully as possible. Could selfishness really be as beneficial to everyone because through your success others are able to succeed?
Most books on Economics, Public Policy and Finance, marriage and family Sociology, Genetics. many more anything to help you think critically.
The book was long but worth it.
I did cry and rarely do cry. I dont know why i cried at the end of the book but i did.
I wish more people could read the book.
- The idea that you should try to do what truely makes you happy and in this way you can maximize your own utility hit right on the spot for me. Many people might be against the idea of selfishness but in everything we do even altruism is a result of the positive feelings some one might receive from giving their gift, and instinct wise it plays into many other genetic survival reasonings. That being said people would be at their most efficient and motivated when doing an activity that benefits them directly and that ideaology seems to directly refute the idea of socialism. With out knowing it most people help their neighbor or friend for several reasons and most reasons include: if I help this person or spend time with them i receive the companship or increase the ease/Likelihood of my survival (holds less true in modern times- hence less neighborly interaction -b/ there is no need?) Even when it comes to giving gifts and caring for children the genetic drive that pushes us to do those things is the selfish desire to spread your genetic data as successfully as possible (hence grandparents logevity). Not that a person is not free to help others but that is a learned trait generally and not an instinct unless it bears on the success of your offspring or your sustained life.
- FYI for those that dislike what i wrote,Things I do: I try to do a good deed daily, I help others succeed, I promote enviromentally friendly products and ideas, I work hard, many many more things as well, and I do all of that for the selfish desire to see my family and friends some day live in a world that they can thrive in.
Oh my god! How many time can you say the same thing. I love the thought of the book, but wow, I recommend the abridged version if it is half as long. wow.
Absolutely. If for no other reason, one cannot claim to be culturally literate about the political debate in this country without having read this book.
The idea of the lights going out matching the fact that the competitive juices have been drained from society.
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions
must-have-education (for any age), but especially for young adults.
First the narration is great. Second, my drive to work, and then back takes roughly an hour. And it was most pleasurable 2 hours a day, that I've had for some time now.
Yes, in a sense of how interesting the story is. And: no, because, (apart from the book length) it takes time to absorb all the philosophical ideas presented in this book.Also, there is nothing new, but a common sense, and a great story. :-)
Do not place this book in your "Wish List". Download it now. Listen to it. You will not be disappointed.
I sell oil, in Houston ( go figure, right )
This story is like an epic movie, it takes you to several different locations and holds you into the story with good characters. If your imagination is working you can picture the places described and get into the drama and action.
En Dieu Ma Foy
As with many classics I hesitate to write reviews. With this one even more so, since many of it's premises on life I agree with whole heartedly. My brother calls me a Randian every time politics or economics comes up and then he smiles and refuses to discuss it further. As a political and economic philosopher Rand ranks among the giants. As a writer of fiction she has no equel. Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are true masterpieces of American literature written in the Russian style. If you truly wish to see what some of the Russian masterpieces would have looked like if they had been written in english you have to look no further than Ayn Rand. The length of content, color of description, mass of character development, and depth of story in Rand's books not only show her love for her characters, story, and art, but also reveal her Russian roots and give all of us a glimpse into what some of the great Russian literature would have looked like if it had been written first in english instead of being translated and therefore making it a little more difficult to follow. I can only imagine that if War and Peace or Dr. Zhivago flowed as smoothly in english as Atlas Shrugged more Americans might have enjoyed their wonderful and full worlds.
Scott Brick does a fantastic job in presenting this masterpiece as it was intended. I have to say that at times I truly forgot that this book was being read by a single individual. Scott Brick makes this book truly come alive in the mind's eye, and because of this I can say that I have seen the Taggart Bridge and the Taggart Tower. Scott Brick is a master of his craft and was a perfect pick for reading this masterpiece.
Compelling, inspiring, thought-provoking
His voice's clarity and passion make the listen entertaining.
The soliloquy about money, free market and economic freedom in Part III spells out human nature and its love-hate affair with capitalism and money itself. Brilliant segment on Rand's part and wonderful interpretation on Brick's.
This is a novel written in the 40s - but it's message is especially important when it's cool to shun capitalism. Free markets is the key to America's success and this perspective should be appealing to college age and above - it is urgent that more Americans listen to get the other side of the economic story.
Theology Reality Anarchy
I became so involved I felt as though my consciousness was a character.
This was the only one I've ever listened to
A is A, Theology is Life. Ayn's Magnum Opus will solidify your reality.
Every now and then a book comes along that challenges your own perceptions of the world around you. For me, that book was Atlus Shrugged. As with most written works that are meant to be persuasive, the book presents an ideal with very little representation of the opposing viewpoint. However, the ideal this book presents, business, and more importantly the people who run them, are the engines that propel society forward. All to often, big business is usually represented as abusive and oppressive (think Enron). It's that "evil" perspective that most literature indulges in.
In her argument, Ayn Rand illustrates through fictional prose, the real evil in society, the looter. This person does not want to work and artfully leaches off the people driving business while simultaneously despising them. Charity, according to Rand, is simply a vehicle that enables this mentality.
The book presents a story that brings these thoughts to life and echos different aspects of our society in a frighteningly accurate way. The story feels contrived at times, however, it is being written to exemplify a point. I particularly didn't enjoy the ending, but that did not ruin the book.
Rand also seems to go on and indulge in arguments at some length, almost to the point of drudgery. However, I do believe it is for the sake of clarifying her argument and attempting to present counter arguments to potential opposing viewpoints.
The real enjoyment for this book was introducing a coherent, logical philosophy that in my belief should be required reading. The book is engaging and performance is excellent. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
An Essential Read
It makes a very relevant philosophy understandable within an incredible story.
The part in which Fransisco spoke with Rearden about Atlas.
I have always heard this was a great book. It is much better than I expected. Characters are very well written, and the story and its philosophy is more relevant today than ever.