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This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world—and did. Was he a destroyer or the greatest of liberators? Why did he have to fight his battle, not against his enemies, but against those who needed him most, and his hardest battle against the woman he loved? What is the world’s motor—and the motive power of every man? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the characters in this story.
Tremendous in its scope, this novel presents an astounding panorama of human life—from the productive genius who becomes a worthless playboy—to the great steel industrialist who does not know that he is working for his own destruction—to the philosopher who becomes a pirate—to the composer who gives up his career on the night of his triumph—to the woman who runs a transcontinental railroad—to the lowest track worker in her Terminal tunnels.
You must be prepared, when you read this novel, to check every premise at the root of your convictions. This is a mystery story, not about the murder—and rebirth—of man’s spirit. It is a philosophical revolution, told in the form of an action thriller of violent events, a ruthlessly brilliant plot structure and an irresistible suspense. Do you say this is impossible? Well, that is the first of your premises to check.
I cannot say enough positive things about this book and how much it has radically changed my perspective on a number of issues! Rand does an incredible job, through an edge-of-your-seat story, laying the groundwork for Objectivism; a philosophy that believes in individual rights, that reason must be followed, that prosperity comes by working hard to be productive, and that you must trade value for value.
At least, this is the portion of her philosophy that I agree with.
In matters of business and government, I believe she accurately hits the nail on the head, as her book vividly portrays the outcome of following Socialism to its logical end. A system that robs from the rich to feed the poor will end in poverty for all. (If you want a really freaky follow-up read to this book, read New Deal or Raw Deal (link) – you’ll be shocked to find that some of Rand’s fictitious government scenarios weren’t far off from what has actually happened in American history!).
In matters of relationship, faith and an individual’s soul, I could not disagree with her philosophy more. Faith is based on reason; not the rejection of it as she says. And to “pursue your own happiness as your highest moral aim?” … not when that means leaving your wife because the happiness is no longer there, as a character in the book does.
So if you can keep the two separate, this is a powerful read for the person who wants to learn about Individualism vs. Collectivism.
Also, don’t let the book’s formidable size keep you from starting this. Trust me, once you get going, you won’t want to stop!
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