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Zogby Poll: Atlas Shrugged Read by 8.1%


“If you saw Atlas, the giant who holds the world on his shoulders, and you saw that the more he struggled to hold the world up, the more the world bore down upon him, what would you tell him to do?” (from Shrugged and from memory)

http://www.zogby.com/news/readnews.cfm?ID=1372

We polled 1000 people who read Atlas Shrugged and guess what!! EVERYONE READS ATLAS SHRUGGED

It’s a great book HH, I’ve read it one and a half times :wink: … but I think polls are ridiculous and this story is very misleading.

One of my favorite books, though after the first rereading, I skip through the 100 page monologues.

I’d tell him to man up and do his job. I mean he’s ATLAS for fuck’s sake!

lol

I just looked this book up on Wikipedia and holy shit, 1300+ pages? Is this actually worth reading?

[quote]JLu wrote:
I just looked this book up on Wikipedia and holy shit, 1300+ pages? Is this actually worth reading?[/quote]

Absolutely worth it.

[quote]JLu wrote:
I just looked this book up on Wikipedia and holy shit, 1300+ pages? Is this actually worth reading?[/quote]

What would happen if someone really REALLY tried to apply unselfishness through law? If someone took it as an AXIOM that helping others is a moral absolute? What sort of society would be produced?

Atlas Shrugged is the 20th century version of Plato’s Republic, but written as an adventure novel. Love her or hate her, Ms. Rand’s stellar accomplishment was to get philosophy out of dusty old university libraries and into mainstream America.

If you read it and really READ it, you’ll love it. If you read it like a muscle magazine, it’ll just bore you. She wants you to think, which is her goal.