CliffsNotes on Rand's Atlas Shrugged

CliffsNotes on Rand's Atlas Shrugged

by Andrew Bernstein

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The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also features glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format.

CliffsNotes on Atlas Shrugged is your guide to author Ayn Rand's masterpiece, an impassioned defense of the freedom of man's mind. She shows that without the independent mind, our society would collapse into primitive savagery.

Delve into the post-World War II historical context of Atlas Shrugged and the modern implications of its conclusions. Other features that help you study include

  • Character analyses of major players
  • A character map that graphically illustrates the relationships among the characters
  • Critical essays
  • A review section that tests your knowledge
  • A Resource Center full of books, articles, films, and Internet sites

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544179752
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/18/2011
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 762,554
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

ANDREW BERNSTEIN holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate School of the City University of New York. He teaches Philosophy at Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, and at the State University of New York at Purchase. Dr. Bernstein is a speaker for the Ayn Rand Institute and lectures on Ayn Rand's novels through-out the United states.

Table of Contents

Life and Background of the Author.

Introduction to the Novel.

Critical Commentaries.


Chapter 1: The Theme.

Chapter 2: The Chain.

Chapter 3: The Top and the Bottom.

Chapter 4: The Immovable Movers.

Chapter 5: The Climax of the d'Anconias.

Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial.

Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited.

Chapter 8: The John Galt Line.

Chapter 9: The Sacred and the Profane.

Chapter 10: Wyatt's Torch.


Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth.

Chapter 2: The Aristocracy of Pull.

Chapter 3: White Blackmail.

Chapter 4: The Sanction of the Victim.

Chapter 5: Account Overdrawn.

Chapter 6: Miracle Metal.

Chapter 7: The Moratorium on Brains.

Chapter 8: By our Love.

Chapter 9: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt.

Chapter 10: The Sign of the Dollar.


Chapter 1: Atlantis.

Chapter 2: The Utopia of Greed.

Chapter 3: Anti-Greed.

Chapter 4: Anti-Life.

Chapter 5: Their Brothers' Keepers.

Chapter 6: The Concerto of Deliverance.

Chapter 7: "This is John Galt Speaking".

Chapter 8: The Egoist.

Chapter 9: The Generator.

Chapter 10: In the Name of the Best Within Us.

Character Analyses.

Critical Essays.

CliffsNotes Review.

CliffsNotes Resource Center.


Customer Reviews