Atlas Shrugged

By Ayn Rand

Highbrow secret tale that integrates ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, politics, economics, and sex.

Set in a near-future U.S.A. whose economic system is collapsing as a result of mysterious disappearance of prime innovators and industrialists, this novel offers an fabulous landscape of human life-from the efficient genius who turns into a valueless playboy...to the nice metal industrialist who doesn't comprehend that he's operating for his personal destruction...to the thinker who turns into a pirate...to the girl who runs a transcontinental railroad...to the bottom tune employee in her teach tunnels.

Peopled via larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of fine and evil, Atlas Shrugged is a philosophical revolution instructed within the kind of an motion mystery.

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