Ayn Rand
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Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged is a story of a man who said that he would stop the world and did.

Atlas Shrugged is a mystery, not about the murder of a man's body but about the rebirth of a man's spirit.



February 2 1905 – March 6, 1982

Ayn was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and later moved to the United States. Her whole life she'd loved capitalism while rejecting socialism and religion.

Her father made a good living in the pharmaceutical business which provided a good life for young Ayn. In 1970 during the Russian Revolution the Bolshevik party took her father's business and forced them to move.

At 21 years old she came to America arriving in New York city. She never wanted to go back to her homeland of Russia ever again. It wasn't long before she headed off to Hollywood to become a screen writer. She found a job working for Cecil B. DeMille and soon met her soon to be husband Frank O'Connor whom she was married to the rest of her life.

She died of heart failure at her home in New York City.

She has sold over 25 million books and it is said that a large bouquet of flowers shaped like a dollar sign was placed near her casket at her funeral.

Ayn really believed in people creating their own lives and not being controlled by a government system.


I have not read this book yet but be prepared its over a thousand pages. From some of the book reviews I have read about the author you walk away with a clear understanding of her point of view on humanity.