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In which, I stated that Atlas is a good book, and its probably a good idea to read it.. A few posters came in the thread and disagreed, which is cool.. but didn't say why, and thats probably better to keep it out of that thread.. so here is this one...
This won't be a particularly amazing OP, so bear with that. I'm more interested in having a dialogue as to why some feel its a 'bad' or terrible book. I admittedly say, that I don't agree with everything that Rand states, but I do think there is some good value in some of the things she preaches. Granted, Atlas is indeed a very polarizing book depending on your outlying belief system and world-view.
That all said, I want to keep this civil with no flaming or anything. I'm intellectually curious what people think about it, as I don't have many people within my own social circle who have in fact read it.. It is a doozy at 1k+ pages...
I originally got the book out of the recommendation of several business speakers/entrepreneurs who I've heard speak both live at seminars as well as cd's and these were all people I greatly admire. Not that that really has much to do with anything, but the book has been regarded highly amongst business owners, business professionals and entrepreneurs..
In general I'll state that its obviously a good idea to have read the book, and at least have a basic idea of Rand's Objectivist philosophy..