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Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is one of the great American novels of the twentieth century. Published in 1957, it continues to sell hundreds of thousands of copies per year. It has inspired millions of readers with its themes of independence and achievement. Its call for freedom has helped create a vibrant movement to promote economic and personal liberty. And it has finally been adapted as a film trilogy. If you love the novel and want to reenter the world Ayn Rand created, to appreciate her literary craft, to relive the drama, to enjoy once again the company of the characters, or to study the ideas, this book is for you. If you have seen the films and are reading the novel for the first time, this book is for you, too. It contains expert analysis of the themes and philosophy, the most complete list of characters, and exclusive material on the films. "As a board member of the Atlas Society and the producer of the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy, I am proud to endorse this guide. For nearly fifteen years, David Kelley gave me unflagging support and advice on one attempt after another to create a film adaptation. I was determined to make a film true to the philosophy and story of Ayn Rand’s great novel. With David’s profound knowledge of the work, his ability to communicate script problems to Hollywood writers and film-makers, and the help of the rest of the TAS team, he was indispensable to that effort. For those who have enjoyed the films and the novel and want to learn more, this book is the single best educator." —John Aglialoro, producer of the Atlas Shrugged film trilogy
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David Kelley is a professional philosopher, teacher, and best-selling author. After earning a Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University in 1975, he joined the philosophy department of Vassar College and taught at Brandeis University as a Visiting Lecturer. Among his books are "Unrugged Individualism: The Selfish Basis of Benevolence; The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand"; "The Evidence of the Senses, a treatise on epistemology"; and "The Art of Reasoning", one of the most widely used logic textbooks in the country. With Roger Donway, he co-authored "Laissez Parler: Freedom in the Electronic Media", a critique of government regulation. He is also the author of "A Life of One's Own: Individual Rights and the Welfare State", a critique of the moral premises of the welfare state and defense of private alternatives that preserve individual autonomy, responsibility, and dignity. His articles on social issues and public policy have appeared in Harper's, The Sciences, Reason, Harvard Business Review, The Freeman, and elsewhere. He has been an editorial writer for Barron's, has appeared on 20/20 and the ABC News special, "Greed" With John Stossel, and has written and lectured extensively on issues in philosophy, politics, and public affairs. An active proponent of Objectivism for more than 25 years, he has lectured to student groups at Harvard, Yale, University of Michigan, Berkeley, Amherst, and many other colleges and universities. He has also addressed the Mont Pelerin Society, the Free Press Association, the Cato Institute, and Heartland Institute, as well as many Objectivist conferences.
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