By AYN RAND With stunning illustrations by Anna and Elena Balbusso Slipcased Gift Edition. There are two sides to every issue: One side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
So states Rands hero, John Galt, and its a pronouncement that could be seen to sum up a great deal about Atlas Shrugged, both in terms of the books unapologetic pursuit of a singular philosophy, and how it has polarised readers since its publication. Atlas Shrugged is a mystery story, not about the murder of a man's body, but about the murder and rebirth of man's spirit. Both hugely influential and deeply controversial, Ayn Rands Atlas Shrugged remains a vital read for anyone seeking to understand the current state of global politics.
A short, short synopsis of a VERY long book: Titans of industry are walking away from their lifes work and vanishing just when the world is teetering on the edge of economic collapse. Industrialist Hank Rearden and railroad executive Dagny Taggart, Vice president of her familys railroad company, are determined to find the mastermind behind these disappearances before their world falls apart... Follow along as they struggle to keep the country afloat and unravel the mysteries that confront them. The heroic characters who rise to the top in Atlas Shrugged espouse Rands philosophy of objectivism: the determined pursuit of personal happiness and the development of unfettered capitalism. Her philosophy would, she was certain, make America and therefore the world great again.Atlas Shrugged remains a controversial text, both for its ideas about economics and industry, and for its popularity among libertarian movements around the world. Whichever side of the fence one is on and no one remains sitting on it for long after reading this novel one cannot deny the sheer scale of Rands ambition: she pulls at the roots of mans existence and derives radical, original solutions. For all its philosophy and economic theory, Atlas Shrugged is at its heart an addictive, utterly compelling thriller, fraught with explosive action, suspense and romance. In his introduction for this edition, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic and writer Michael Dirda examines Rands obsession with uncompromising individualism, and the enduring legacy of the most divisive candidate for the Great American Novel. This is an absolutely gorgeous set.
The illustrations by twins Anna and Elena Balbusso are truly something special. From the binding design that flows across the spines, creating a dynamic interconnected image, each volume boasts a series of gorgeous art deco-inspired images that combine cityscapes, industry and 1930s glamour. This landmark edition delivers an eerie vision of Rands world of steel, sparks and steely ambition. ABOUT AYN RAND - Ayn Rand was a philosopher, novelist, playwright and screenwriter. Born in 1905 in St Petersburg, Russia, she was educated at the University of Petrograd, graduating in 1924 and then moving to the United States in 1926.
The publication of her novels, The Fountainhead in 1943 and Atlas Shrugged in 1957, in which she developed and expressed her philosophy of Objectivism, earned her popular success and enduring recognition. She passed away in 1982. Founded in 1947, The Folio Society applies the highest standards of design, binding, typography and illustration to commercially-produced books. Nearly sixty years on, they publish books that will stand the test of time, in handsome, imaginatively designed and beautifully made editions - a combination of quality and value that few publishers can match. Care and attention is devoted to every detail of the physical attributes of each book.
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Bound and blocked in metallic textured paper andset in Warnock with Birch display, the set contains 1,576 pages in total. Each has a frontispiece and 4 colour illustrations per volume and comes in a blocked slipcase, and the set measures 9½ x 6¼.It weighs between 9 and 10lbs packed (roughly 4-4.6 kilos). It is a truly magnificent edition and one that would enhance any library, public or private!
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The item "ATLAS SHRUGGED FOLIO SOCIETY 3 VOLUME BOX SET by AYN RAND ILLUS BRAND NEW" is in sale since Wednesday, July 8, 2020. This item is in the category "Books\Fiction & Literature".The seller is "alan-53" and is located in Walnut, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.