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Considerado o livro mais influente nos Estados Unidos depois da Bíblia, segundo a Biblioteca do Congresso americano, A revolta de Atlas é um romance monumental. A história se passa numa época imprecisa, quando as forças políticas de esquerda estão no poder. Último baluarte do que ainda resta do capitalismo num mundo infestado de repúblicas populares, os Estados Unidos estão em decadência e sua economia caminha para o colapso.
Nesse cenário desolador em que a intervenção estatal se sobrepõe a qualquer iniciativa privada de reerguer a economia, os principais líderes da indústria, do empresariado, das ciências e das artes começam a sumir sem deixar pistas. Com medidas arbitrárias e leis manipuladas, o Estado logo se apossa de suas propriedades e invenções, mas não é capaz de manter a lucratividade de seus negócios.
Ayn Rand traça um panorama estarrecedor de uma realidade em que o desaparecimento das mentes criativas põe em xeque toda a existência. Com personagens fascinantes, a autora apresenta os princípios de sua filosofia: a defesa da razão, do individualismo, do livre mercado e da liberdade de expressão, bem como os valores segundo os quais o homem deve viver – a racionalidade, a honestidade, a justiça, a independência, a integridade, a produtividade e o orgulho.
Best-seller há mais de 50 anos, com mais de 11 milhões de exemplares vendidos no mundo, A revolta de Atlas desafia algumas das crenças mais arraigadas da sociedade atual. Sua mensagem transformadora conquistou uma legião de leitores e fãs: cada indivíduo é responsável por suas ações e por buscar a liberdade e a felicidade como valores supremos.
The foundations of capitalism are being battered by a flood of altruism, which is the cause of the modern world's collapse. This is the view of Ayn Rand, a view so radically opposed to prevailing attitudes that it constitutes a major philosophic revolution. Here is a challenging new look at modern society by one of the most provocative intellectuals on the American scene.
This edition includes two articles by Ayn Rand that did not appear in the hardcover edition: “The Wreckage of the Consensus,” which presents the Objectivists’ views on Vietnam and the draft; and “Requiem for Man,” an answer to the Papal encyclical Progresso Populorum.
They existed only to serve the state. They were conceived in controlled Palaces of Mating. They died in the Home of the Useless. From cradle to grave, the crowd was one—the great WE.
In all that was left of humanity there was only one man who dared to think, seek, and love. He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world, he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization, he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: He had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone. He had rediscovered the lost and holy word—I.
“I worship individuals for their highest possibilities as individuals, and I loathe humanity, for its failure to live up to these possibilities.”—Ayn Rand
Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves?
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 amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill.
Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.
This modern classic is the story of intransigent young architect Howard Roark, whose integrity was as unyielding as granite...of Dominique Francon, the exquisitely beautiful woman who loved Roark passionately, but married his worst enemy...and of the fanatic denunciation unleashed by an enraged society against a great creator. As fresh today as it was then, Rand’s provocative novel presents one of the most challenging ideas in all of fiction—that man’s ego is the fountainhead of human progress...
“A writer of great power. She has a subtle and ingenious mind and the capacity of writing brilliantly, beautifully, bitterly...This is the only novel of ideas written by an American woman that I can recall.”—The New York Times
First published in 1936, We the Living portrays the impact of the Russian Revolution on three human beings who demand the right to live their own lives and pursue their own happiness. It tells of a young woman’s passionate love, held like a fortress against the corrupting evil of a totalitarian state.
We the Living is not a story of politics, but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what those slogans do to human beings. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb?
Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand shows what the theory of socialism means in practice.
Includes an Introduction and Afterword by Ayn Rand’s Philosophical Heir, Leonard Peikoff
Equality 7-2521, writing by candlelight in a tunnel under the earth, tells the story of his life up to that point. He exclusively uses plural pronoun(s) ("we", "our", "they") to refer to himself and others. He was raised like all children in his society, away from his parents in collective homes. Later, he realized that he was born with a "curse", that makes him learn quickly and ask many questions. He excelled at the Science of Things and dreamed of becoming a Scholar. However, a Council of Vocations assigns all people to their Life Mandate, and he was assigned to be a Street Sweeper.
He accepts his street sweeping assignment as penance for his "Transgression of Preference" in secretly desiring to be a Scholar. He finds an entrance to a tunnel in their assigned work area. Despite his friend's protests that any exploration unauthorized by a Council is forbidden, Equality enters the tunnel and finds that it contains metal tracks. He realizes that the tunnel is from the Unmentionable Times of the distant past . . . (more at wisehouse-classics.com)
place at an unspecified future date when mankind has entered another Dark Age. Technological advancement
is now carefully planned and the concept of individuality has been eliminated. A young man known as Equality
rebels by doing secret scientific research. When his activity is discovered, he flees into the wilderness with
the girl he loves. Together they plan to establish a new society based on rediscovered individualism.
Rand originally conceived of the story as a play, then decided to write for magazine publication. At her agent's suggestion,
she submitted it to book publishers. The novella was first published by Cassell in England.
It was published in the United States only after Rand's next novel, The Fountainhead, became a best seller.
Rand revised the text for the US edition published .
Since their initial publication, Rand's fictional works—Anthem, The Fountainhead, and Atlas Shrugged—have had a major impact on the intellectual scene. The underlying theme of her famous novels is her philosophy, a new morality—the ethics of rational self-interest—that offers a robust challenge to altruist-collectivist thought.
Known as Objectivism, her divisive philosophy holds human life—the life proper to a rational being—as the standard of moral values and regards altruism as incompatible with man's nature. In this series of essays, Rand asks why man needs morality in the first place, and arrives at an answer that redefines a new code of ethics based on the virtue of selfishness.
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