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Rex Tillerson (CEO/ExxonMobil)CEO Rex Tillerson recommends the book because it shows the positive impact that business leaders can make on the world.
Steve Jobs (Founder/Apple)Steve Jobs is said by his Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, to have regarded Atlas Shrugged as one of his “guides in life”.
Bryan Callen (Co-Host/The Fighter and the Kid)I remember reading Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. That's good fodder for a young man. It sets these bold, stark characters - you could even call them Christ figures - and you think to yourself, 'I want to be that'.
Jesper Bylund (Co-Founder/BlankPage)I grew up in Sweden, which was a very socialist country and in some ways still is. So I had a very warped view of how the world worked, and I felt hemmed in and caged by it. Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged saved me from what I think was certain depression. The book has not aged well, and is usually misrepresented, but growing up close to the iron curtain it clearly described why some of the odd things in centralized organizations and governments work the way they work.
Antonio Eram (Founder & CEO/NETOPIA mobilPay)As of today my favorite book is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Her magnum opus drives an astonishing story about valor, creativity, and everything in between. This book brings a beautiful melange of philosophy, politics, and drama that’s so contemporary. I do believe this book should be included in the mandatory list of books for students.
Audrey Russo (President & CEO/Pittsburgh Technology Council)Reading Atlas Shrugged. For quite a few reasons, not just her thinking about Objectivism, but about the role of a woman in business – in architecture and construction. There were few stories where women of strength and endurance were captured in roles outside of Hollywood. Additionally, this final book of Ayn Rand’s delved into the mechanics of business, including the complexities, nuances and the role of government. No academic studies had ever provided me with the contextual nuances AND importance of business.
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller. 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.
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