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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.
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 transform a bookish fourteen-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about 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