Know this before buying a copy of this book…reading it will make your friends uncomfortable, some will dislike you, leave you, wonder at your mind, and maybe even tell you you’re a bad person for reading it. But you won’t mind because if you do read it you will have a better understanding of the world and why such so-called friends behave that way.
It’s a book that is as powerful as it is dangerous.
Regardless of what side of the political spectrum you are on Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is recommended reading for today’s world. It’s at times maddeningly prophetic. Meaning, what you read in the book is so parallel to what you see going on in the world around us that it’s is maddening to think that the heads up was out there already and no one seems to have paid attention. Perhaps because it was in a novel.
It’s hard to say why people ignore warnings such as this, or at the very least why they don’t put two and two together.
I don’t want to spoil much of the book for those who haven’t read it. For me the book is best described by this exchange which explains the title.
“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, if you saw that he stood, blood running down his chest, his knees buckling, his arms trembling but still trying to hold the world aloft with the last of his strength, and the greater his effort the heavier the world bore down upon his shoulders – What would you tell him?”
I…don’t know. What…could he do? What would you tell him?”
What a powerful image that presents. The book most certainly has the point of explaining a philosophy of life but does so in a way that the story itself carries it. There’s a reason it’s sold so many copies and has seen a resurgence in the last 10 years, it’s a good book that is fit for today’s world.