First, an introduction: This book changed my life. I love this book. I have read it more times than I’ve read Pride and Prejudice (the first time I was in my twenties, and since then, I’ve read it twice aloud to my DH); (OK, sometimes I skipped some of the lengthy philosophical monolog).
It is said to be one of the most influential books of all time. It’s seriously a must read!
Like most good things though, it has been erroneously attacked since it was first published over 50 years ago. Yet as America slides further and further into the world described in this book, sales have seen dramatic increases. It has become an unstoppable train.
So what’s to love about this book?
1. How about the woman executive, whose love for the legacy her grandfather left her, drives herself beyond breaking to preserve what others are ripping apart?
2. Or the steel magnate whose pride in his achievements, the sweat of his own labor, the product of his own mind, unapologetically admits that his goal is to make money?
3. Or the philosopher turned pirate because the world no longer functions logically?
4. Or the banker who trades only in gold, the musician who creates breathtaking music, the beautiful actress who remains virtuous, the oil tycoon with a revolutionary method to extract oil, and others, who won’t devalue the products of their minds to become common, cheap, adulterated offerings?
5. Best of all, the creative genius who refused to give away the most brilliant invention of his age for the “greater good.” He chose instead to work for the wages of a common laborer—rather than have his creation—his life—undervalued. He became the man who set out “to stop the engine of the world.”
But the book is more than the characters—as engrossing as they are. It is about a free-market economy, about consumers verses producers, about the choke hold of government regulation and unionized dictates, about liberty, courage, and hope.
Do you know what book this is? If so, leave a comment without mentioning the title or the author, and before clicking on the cheat link below. And if you don’t have your own copy yet, buy one now.
I’m headed to a valley in the mountains of Colorado before it’s too late. Coming?
If you don’t know what the book is, well, who is John Galt?
1. There are moral principles in the book that I object to. I believe in God, marriage, and love of my fellowmen. But I also believe in a honest profit.
2. The book is being released today as a long-time awaited movie. The trailer has over 1,000,000 hits and growing. I’m glad it’s date night.