What is the point of Atlas Shrugged?

What is the point of Atlas Shrugged?

Edward Younkins describes Atlas Shrugged as “an apocalyptic vision of the last stages of conflict between two classes of humanity—the looters and the non-looters. The looters are proponents of high taxation, big labor, government ownership, government spending, government planning, regulation, and redistribution”.

Are first edition books worth anything?

First editions are sought-after by book collectors and a first edition is usually more valuable than a later printing. A first edition signed by the author will have even greater value. Scarcity influences value.

When was Atlas Shrugged printed?

October 10, 1957
Atlas Shrugged/Originally published

In what order should I read Atlas Shrugged?

What order should I read Ayn Rand books?

  1. Start with Anthem.
  2. Then We The Living.
  3. Then Fountainhead.
  4. If you still like Rand at this point then go to Atlas Shrugged.
  5. It’s bigger than Fountainhead, bigger as in the fate of the world hangs in the balance kind of plot.
  6. Rand really pushes her philosophy hard in this book.

Is Ayn Rand a capitalist?

Ayn Rand has been one of the greatest salesmen of capitalism in history, with total sales of her books approaching 30 million copies.

Is Atlas Shrugged difficult to read?

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957) What makes it challenging: It’s largely an allegory for Objectivism, so if you don’t subscribe to Ayn Rand’s philosophy, making it through the lengthy novel is an unbearable chore. Don’t forget the 70-page speech that ends up being a significant chunk of the book.

How can I tell if my Harry Potter book is valuable?

How can I tell if my book is valuable?

  • At the bottom of the title page the publisher must be listed as Bloomsbury.
  • The date listed in the copyright information should say 1997.
  • The print line on the copyright page must read “10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1”
  • The book should say it was printed in the UK, not any other country.

Is first printing the same as first edition?

What and Why First Editions. A first edition is the first printing of a book. It’s true that a first edition may have one or more printings and that a second edition will normally be noted only if there are actual changes, usually major, in the text. But for a collector, a first printing is the only true first edition.

Who is John Galt speech?

For twelve years you’ve been asking “Who is John Galt?” This is John Galt speaking. I’m the man who’s taken away your victims and thus destroyed your world. You’ve heard it said that this is an age of moral crisis and that Man’s sins are destroying the world.

Should I read Atlas Shrugged before the fountainhead?

The Fountainhead was made into a film in 1949, and is an excellent substitute for reading the book, if you can find a copy. Atlas Shrugged is available on CD which is what I recommend. I think the three Atlas Shrugged movies missed some of the essential points of the book, so I would recommend the book first.

Is selfishness a virtue?

Since a concern with one’s own interests is a character trait that, when translated into action, enables one to achieve and guard one’s own well-being, it follows that selfishness is a virtue. Many people use the adjective “selfish” to describe regard for one’s own welfare to the disregard of the well-being of others.

Why does Ayn Rand like Capitalism?

By and large, they have conceded that capitalism is an inherently immoral system. Ayn Rand argues that capitalism is a necessary good: It is the only social system in which human beings can survive, prosper, and enjoy their lives.