‘Atlas Shrugged’ is Everywhere
In a recent interview in Rolling Stone, the only author President Obama was asked to comment on was Ayn Rand. Half a century after it was published, the ideas put forth in her magnum opus Atlas Shrugged are literally everywhere.
A wide variety of commentators and political figures now cite Rand’s influence as “Going Galt” has become a popular quip. 98% of books published sell fewer than 1,000 copies and most bestsellers don’t even break 100,000, yet 52 years after publication, Atlas Shrugged sold 500,000 copies in 2009 with growing popularity in the US and overseas.
New works influenced by Ayn Rand such as Yaron Brook and Don Watkins’ Free Market Revolution, Leonard Peikoff’s The DIM Hypothesis, John A. Allison’s The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure, and cartoonist Bosch Fawstin’s Drawing the Line Against Jihad have also been widely read and praised.
The film version of Atlas Shrugged, in which I was honored to make a brief cameo (see above), will be available on DVD starting tomorrow. As I’ve said previously, the cliche about the book is true: it will change your life.
November 2012 interview on Atlas Shrugged’s personal influence.