Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged

WOW! What a book. This is one of the best books I have ever read (although I found the fictionalized story telling near the end of the book to be lacking). A special thanks to the site visitor below who recommended it to me.

As the person below states, the book is about thinking--not just some short-term 'how do I get through the day' type of thinking but deep thinking about how what we do affects others and the future. I was frequently reminded while reading this book of Rush's "The Trees". Any book that reminds me of that song is worthy of being read over and over again. I didn't find out until recently that Rush acknowledges Ayn Rand for her influence on the 2112 album. If I had known that, I probably would have read her writings much sooner in life.

Anyway, it is difficult to give a decent brief book review to a 1,000+ page book so I won't go into any details (plus I normally omit details in my fiction reviews so as to not spoil the story). Rather I will just say that you really should get this book and read it.

If you have socialistic leanings, you will either hate this book or change your ideology. No matter what your current philosophy in life is, it certainly wouldn't hurt to read this book and incorporate some of Ms. Rand's ideas into your thinking (and doing).

The following review was provided by a site visior before I read the book. . .

I read your introduction and the poem by Dan Barker. Since this seems to make a point about the primacy of thought and thinking, I was wondering if you have ever read any of the works of Ayn Rand -- especially Atlas Shrugged. In her philosophy, "to think or not to think" is the primary question of life. Judging from some of your links and your views on your page, you would probably discover a lot to interest you in Atlas Shrugged. It's a long book, but well worth the read. Like the Book of Mormon, it is a book that is hard to be neutral about. If you've already read it -- tell me what you think of it. I would be interested to hear the views of an evidently fair-minded person with an LDS background like yourself.