I've posted several Atlas Shrugged (Plume, 1957) reviews at http://www.suite101.com/ so my final review here is just to talk about the message and example delivered by the fictional story.
The story is a solid example of what could happen if the free enterprise system that the United States is built on where to be governed out of existence. Too much regulation, too many restrictions, limits on production, laws that destroy rather than protect are all practices that would stifle competition and obliterate the rights of all entrepreneurs.
In the back of the book, the author Ayn Rand writes about herself and said, "My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute."
The book is a big read with an even bigger story.
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