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Atlas Shrugged

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Atlas Shrugged is Rand's magnum opus. It is her last, longest, most philosophically detailed, and in the opinion of many, best novel. Since its publication in 1957, it has been her best-selling book.


The plot is framed as a mystery story, but with strong elements of romance and science fiction, as well as Rand's trademark philosophical ideas. There are actually two mysteries: one about why so many of the world's most productive minds are disappearing, the other about who invented a revolutionary new kind of motor. As you might guess, the solutions to the two mysteries are closely related. Readers follow the struggles of Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive, and Hank Rearden, a steel magnate, as they attempt to answer both of these questions and stave off the collapse of an increasingly irrational and collectivist society.


Part 1: Non-Contradiction

  1. The Theme
  2. The Chain
  3. The Top and the Bottom
  4. The Immovable Movers
  5. The Climax of the D'Anconias
  6. The Non-Commercial
  7. The Exploiters and the Exploited
  8. The John Galt Line
  9. The Sacred and the Profane
  10. Wyatt's Torch

Part 2: Either-Or

  1. The Man Who Belonged on Earth
  2. The Aristocracy of Pull
  3. White Blackmail
  4. The Sanction of the Victim
  5. Account Overdrawn
  6. Miracle Metal
  7. The Moratorium on Brains
  8. By Our Love
  9. The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
  10. The Sign of the Dollar

Part 3: A is A

  1. Atlantis
  2. The Utopia of Greed
  3. Anti-Greed
  4. Anti-Life
  5. Their Brothers' Keepers
  6. The Concerto of Deliverance
  7. "This is John Galt Speaking"
  8. The Egoist
  9. The Generator
  10. In the Name of the Best Within Us

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