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Rand, Ayn. 1999 (1957). Atlas Shrugged. Plume; Reprint edition.


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(1957) Ayn Rand's horribly written young-adult fiction. A grotesque self-parody.


10 Things I Learned About the World from Ayn Rand's Insane "Atlas Shrugged" [More...]
It's fun to hoot at the blatant propaganda, horrible writing, and moral idiocy of Atlas Shrugged.
Atlas Shrugged Is A Ridiculous Book [More...]
"... it is a horrendous book containing cardboard characters, over necessarily long speeches, absurd plot lines and at least 500 pages more than it needs." "It is a combination of all the worst aspects of libertarianism, so much so that I’d imagine most libertarians are embarrassed by it."
Big Sister Is Watching You [More...]
Whittaker Chambers' scathing 1957 review of Atlas Shrugged form National Review. From almost any page of Atlas Shrugged, a voice can be heard, from painful necessity, commanding: “To a gas chamber -- go!"
Daylight Atheism review of Atlas Shrugged [More...]
Adam Lee's page-by-page review and critique of Atlas Shrugged: 38 blog posts and counting in 2013.
Friends Don’t Let Friends Read Ayn Rand [More...]
"The fiction of Ayn Rand is as low as you can get re fiction. I hope you picked it up off the floor of the subway and threw it in the nearest garbage pail. She makes Mickey Spillane look like Dostoevsky."
Illuminatus! vs Atlas Shrugged [More...]
"These two books are polar opposites, yet oddly similar - opposed twins, in other words, like Cain and Abel. Both novels are ridiculously long. Both were largely ignored by the literary and educational establishments, due to their unmistakable whiff of madness..."
John Galt (1 link)
The magical libertarian of Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged, even more implausible than her other characters. A Prester John figure presiding over a fictional libertarian utopia.
This Is John Galt? [More...]
A hilarious review of the three increasingly awful Atlas Shrugged movies. "The performances are just shy of human rights violations..."
What I Think About Atlas Shrugged [More...]
John Scalzi's funny, appreciative review of Atlas Shrugged.


There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.
John Rogers, Ephemera 2009 (7)
[...] in Ayn Rand’s world, a man who self-righteously instigates the collapse of society, thereby inevitably killing millions if not billions of people, is portrayed as a messiah figure rather than as a genocidal prick, which is what he’d be anywhere else. Yes, he’s a genocidal prick with excellent engineering skills. Good for him. He’s still a genocidal prick.
John Scalzi, What I Think About Atlas Shrugged
Sociopathic idealized nerds collapse society because they don’t get enough hugs.
John Scalzi, What I Think About Atlas Shrugged