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|Author||: Edward W. Younkins|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield|
Exploring Atlas Shrugged is a study and celebration of Ayn Rand’s monumental work of philosophy and literature. Younkins appreciates the significance of Atlas Shrugged in a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, and political science.
|Author||: Ayn Rand|
Peopled by larger-than-life heroes and villains, charged with towering questions of good and evil, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand’s magnum opus: a philosophical revolution told in the form of an action thriller—nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read. Who is John Galt? When he says that he will stop the motor of the world, is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he have to fight his battles not against his enemies but against those who need him most? Why does he fight his hardest battle against the woman he loves? You will know the answer to these questions when you discover the reason behind the baffling events that play havoc with the lives of the amazing men and women in this book. You will discover why a productive genius becomes a worthless playboy...why a great steel industrialist is working for his own destruction...why a composer gives up his career on the night of his triumph...why a beautiful woman who runs a transcontinental railroad falls in love with the man she has sworn to kill. Atlas Shrugged, a modern classic and Rand’s most extensive statement of Objectivism—her groundbreaking philosophy—offers the reader the spectacle of human greatness, depicted with all the poetry and power of one of the twentieth century’s leading artists.
|Author||: Diana Hsieh|
Do you want to better understand and appreciate the complex events, characters, and ideas of Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged? Explore Atlas Shrugged is an in-depth course consisting of study questions, podcasts, and other resources by philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh. The course breaks Atlas Shrugged into 20 manageable sessions, each covering about 65 pages of the novel. The study questions found within this book -- over 1400 in total -- will help you better understand the novel on your own, as well as enable you to lead a successful reading group or class on Atlas Shrugged. In addition, you'll find plot synopses, character summaries, questions for a book club, and a FAQ on creating an Atlas Shrugged Reading Group. The online version of Explore Atlas Shrugged also includes over 22 hours of lively and engaging podcasting. Each podcast-one per session-is an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from those chapters of the novel. To purchase access to those podcasts and other online resources, visit: ExploreAtlasShrugged.com Explore Atlas Shrugged will help you gain fresh insights into the complex events, characters, and ideas of Ayn Rand's epic novel-whether you've read it just once or a dozen times before.
|Author||: Edward W. Younkins|
|Editor||: Lexington Books|
Fiction, including novels, plays, and films, can be a powerful force in educating students and employees in ways that lectures, textbooks, articles, case studies, and other traditional teaching approaches cannot. Works of fiction can address a range of issues and topics, provide detailed real-life descriptions of the organizational contexts in which workers find themselves, and tell interesting, engaging, and memorable stories that are richer and more likely to stay with the reader or viewer longer than lectures and other teaching approaches. For these reasons, Exploring Capitalist Fiction: Business through Literature and Film analyzes 25 films, novels, and plays that engage the theories, concepts, and issues most relevant to the business world. Through critical examinations of works such as Atlas Shrugged and Wall Street, Younkins shows how fiction is a powerful teaching tool to sensitize business students without business experience and to educate and train managers in real businesses.
|Author||: Professor Edward W Younkins|
|Editor||: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.|
Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others. More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system – metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.
|Author||: Edward Wayne Younkins|
In Exploring Capitalist Fiction: Business through Literature and Film, Edward W. Younkins proposes that the use of imaginative literature to portray and explain the behavior of individuals in business is a method that is richer and more realistic than what is presented in journal articles, textbooks, and even case studies. Through critical examinations of works such as Atlas Shrugged and Wall Street, Younkins shows how fiction is a powerful teaching tool to sensitize business students without business experience and to educate and train managers in real businesses.
|Author||: Robert Mayhew|
|Editor||: Lexington Books|
While the fiction of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand is extremely popular and enduring, little has been written on it so far. This book consists of essays, most of which are new, by top Rand scholars on Atlas Shrugged, her magnum opus. The essays deal with historical, literary, and philosophical topics, surpassing related writings in breadth and depth of analysis. The historical essays cover the writing of Atlas Shrugged, its publication history, and its reception. The literary essays cover analysis of the novel's plot, theme, and characterization; comparisons with other works, such as the novels of Hugo, Dostoyevsky, and Joyce; and the proper approach to adapting Atlas Shrugged to film. The philosophical essays cover a vast range of topics, including the place of Galt's speech in the novel, the role of the mind in human life, and the evil of non-objective law. Some of the essays make use of previously unpublished material from the Ayn Rand Archives.
|Author||: Donald Luskin,Andrew Greta|
|Editor||: John Wiley & Sons|
Inspired by Ayn Rand's characters in Atlas Shrugged and TheFountainhead, penetrating profiles of both the innovators who moveour world forward and those who seek to destroy the achievement ofothers John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's bestsellingnovel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualistcapitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and indoing so lifts the world around him. Some of today's mostsuccessful CEOs, journalists, sports figures, actors, and thinkershave led their lives according to Galt's (i.e., Rand's)philosophy. Now, in I Am John Galt, these inspiring stories aregathered with the keen insight and analysis of well-known marketcommentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta. Filledwith exclusive interviews, profiles, and analyses of leadingfinancial, business, and artistic stars who have based their lives,and careers, on the philosophy of the perennially popular Ayn Rand,this book both inspires and enlightens. On the other side areRand's arch villains?the power-seekers, parasites, and lunatics whowould destroy that which the creators and builders make. Who aretoday's anti-heroes, fighting the creativity of the innovators? Contains insightful interviews, profiles, and analyses of theindividuals who have lived by a Randian code to achieve greatnessfor themselves and others Offers a probing analysis of those who seek to destroy or undothe achievements of others?from academics, pundits, and governmentbureaucrats to fraudsters who have wreaked havoc on our world Engaging and entertaining, I Am John Galt examines howthe inspiration that is Galt thrives more than 50 years afterpublication of Atlas Shrugged. It will spark the interest of AynRand fans everywhere, as well as those seeking a way to succeed intoday's turbulent and confusing times.
|Author||: Dave Eggers|
|Editor||: Knopf Canada|
From Dave Eggers, bestselling author of The Circle, a tightly-controlled, emotionally searching novel. Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? is the formally daring, brilliantly executed story of one man, struggling to make sense of his country, seeking answers the only way he knows how. In a barracks on an abandoned military base, miles from the nearest road, Thomas watches as the man he has brought wakes up. Kev, a NASA astronaut, doesn't recognize his captor, though Thomas remembers him. Kev cries for help. He pulls at his chain. But the ocean is close by, and nobody can hear him over the waves and wind. Thomas apologizes. He didn't want to have to resort to this. But they really needed to have a conversation, and Kev didn't answer his messages. And now, if Kev can just stop yelling, Thomas has a few questions.
|Author||: Edward W. Younkins|
Since its publication in 1957 Atlas Shrugged, the philosophical and artistic climax of Ayn Rand's novels, has never been out of print and has received enormous critical attention becoming one of the most influential books ever published, impacting on a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, economics, business, and political science among others. More than a great novel, Atlas Shrugged is an abstract conceptual, and symbolic work that expounds a radical philosophy, presenting a view of man and man's relationship to existence and manifesting the essentials of an entire philosophical system - metaphysics, epistemology, politics and ethics. Celebrating the fiftieth year of Atlas Shrugged's publication, this companion is an exploration of this monumental work of literature. Contributions have been specially commissioned from a diversity of eminent scholars who admire and have been influenced by the book, the included essays analyzing the novel's integrating elements of theme, plot and characterization from many perspectives and from various levels of meaning.
|Author||: Peter A. Huff|
This is the age of atheism and agnosticism. The number of people living without religious belief and practice is quickly and dramatically rising. Some experts call nonreligion, after Christianity and Islam, the third largest "religion" in the world today. Understanding the origins, history, variations, and impact of atheism and agnosticism is crucial to getting a grasp of the meaning of the present and gaining a glimpse of the future. Exploring some of the most extraordinary people, events, and ideas of all time, this book provides a fair, comprehensive, and engaging survey of all aspects of contemporary atheism and agnosticism. An overview essay discusses the background and social and political contexts of unbelief, while a timeline highlights key events. Some 50 alphabetically arranged reference entries follow, with each providing fundamental, objective information about particular topics along with cross-references and suggestions for further reading. The volume closes with an annotated bibliography of the most important resources on atheism and agnosticism.
|Author||: Lisa Duggan|
|Editor||: Univ of California Press|
Ayn Rand’s complicated notoriety as popular writer, leader of a political and philosophical cult, reviled intellectual, and ostentatious public figure endured beyond her death in 1982. In the twenty-first century, she has been resurrected as a serious reference point for mainstream figures, especially those on the political right from Paul Ryan to Donald Trump. Mean Girlfollows Rand’s trail through the twentieth century from the Russian Revolution to the Cold War and traces her posthumous appeal and the influence of her novels via her cruel, surly, sexy heroes. Outlining the impact of Rand’s philosophy of selfishness, Mean Girl illuminates the Randian shape of our neoliberal, contemporary culture of greed and the dilemmas we face in our political present.
|Author||: David Mitchell|
|Editor||: Vintage Canada|
By the New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks | Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize A postmodern visionary and one of the leading voices in twenty-first-century fiction, David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian love of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending, philosophical and scientific speculation in the tradition of Umberto Eco, Haruki Murakami, and Philip K. Dick. The result is brilliantly original fiction as profound as it is playful. In this groundbreaking novel, an influential favorite among a new generation of writers, Mitchell explores with daring artistry fundamental questions of reality and identity. Cloud Atlas begins in 1850 with Adam Ewing, an American notary voyaging from the Chatham Isles to his home in California. Along the way, Ewing is befriended by a physician, Dr. Goose, who begins to treat him for a rare species of brain parasite. . . . Abruptly, the action jumps to Belgium in 1931, where Robert Frobisher, a disinherited bisexual composer, contrives his way into the household of an infirm maestro who has a beguiling wife and a nubile daughter. . . . From there we jump to the West Coast in the 1970s and a troubled reporter named Luisa Rey, who stumbles upon a web of corporate greed and murder that threatens to claim her life. . . . And onward, with dazzling virtuosity, to an inglorious present-day England; to a Korean superstate of the near future where neocapitalism has run amok; and, finally, to a postapocalyptic Iron Age Hawaii in the last days of history. But the story doesn’t end even there. The narrative then boomerangs back through centuries and space, returning by the same route, in reverse, to its starting point. Along the way, Mitchell reveals how his disparate characters connect, how their fates intertwine, and how their souls drift across time like clouds across the sky. As wild as a videogame, as mysterious as a Zen koan, Cloud Atlas is an unforgettable tour de force that, like its incomparable author, has transcended its cult classic status to become a worldwide phenomenon. Praise for Cloud Atlas “[David] Mitchell is, clearly, a genius. He writes as though at the helm of some perpetual dream machine, can evidently do anything, and his ambition is written in magma across this novel’s every page.”—The New York Times Book Review “One of those how-the-holy-hell-did-he-do-it? modern classics that no doubt is—and should be—read by any student of contemporary literature.”—Dave Eggers “Wildly entertaining . . . a head rush, both action-packed and chillingly ruminative.”—People “The novel as series of nested dolls or Chinese boxes, a puzzle-book, and yet—not just dazzling, amusing, or clever but heartbreaking and passionate, too. I’ve never read anything quite like it, and I’m grateful to have lived, for a while, in all its many worlds.”—Michael Chabon “Cloud Atlas ought to make [Mitchell] famous on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer whose fearlessness is matched by his talent.”—The Washington Post Book World “Thrilling . . . One of the biggest joys in Cloud Atlas is watching Mitchell sashay from genre to genre without a hitch in his dance step.”—Boston Sunday Globe “Grand and elaborate . . . [Mitchell] creates a world and language at once foreign and strange, yet strikingly familiar and intimate.”—Los Angeles Times
|Author||: Alexandra Grashkina-Hristov|
|Editor||: Hyperink Inc|
ABOUT THE BOOK This book includes a collection of essays and one short story ("The Simplest Thing in the World"). The first edition of the book was published by The World Publishing Company in 1969, The revised edition in 1975 added the essay "Art and Cognition. This was the first book Rand published without collaborating with her former protege Nathaniel Branden, and unlike her two previous essay collections, this book not contain material by Branden or any other authors besides Rand. Along with, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, The Romantic Manifesto remains one of Ayn Rands most famous books and a prominent 20-century literary achievement. In each essay, Rand discusses on the nature of art from a different perspective and reflects upon the importance of art for human life in general . The author divides artistic endeavors into two types: "valid" and "invalid" forms. An invalid art form would be an art form that simply captures reality as it is without necessarily representing an ideal or becoming a vessel for a moral message. A valid form of art, in Rands opinion, always aims to idealize and elevate the human spirit. MEET THE AUTHOR Alexandra has a B.A. degree with honors in political science from Williams College and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston University. As a writer, she has contributed to AtlasObscura.com, Public-Republic.net, WatchingAmerica.com, Americanbar.org, RawStory.com, and others. Like many theater lovers, she really enjoys writing reviews for plays, dance performances, and movies. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK 1.The Psycho-Epistemology of Art In this essay, Rand states that the powerful influence of art over human life has remained a dark mystery to scholars. She believes the influence of art is deeply personal and that it has accompanied men from the pre-historical age but that many take art for granted instead of exploring its importance. She blames a philosophy of selflessness for the neglect of the importance of art and suggests that art does have a practical purpose at all times. 2.Philosophy and Sense of Life In the second essay of the book, Rand writes that religion is only a primitive form of philosophy but that human nature makes it impossible to refrain from generalizing, which means that human beings need to formulate a sense of life through a process of cognitive and emotional abstraction. Eventually, humans define what is important to them and the integrated sum of a mans basic values is what defines the sense of his life. CHAPTER OUTLINE Quicklet on Ayn Rand's The Romantic Manifesto + About the Book + About the Author + Overall Summary + Chapter-by-Chapter Commentary & Summary + ...and much more Ayn Rand's The Romantic Manifesto
|Author||: Victoria Vebell|
|Editor||: Cengage Learning|
Packed with exquisite artwork and illustrations, EXPLORING THE BASICS OF DRAWING, 2e delivers a comprehensive introduction to the art of drawing. This new edition offers thorough coverage of the fundamental skills needed to learn still-life drawing, basic shapes, and the key concepts of perspective, light, value, and space. Its reader-friendly format offers clear instructions and detailed descriptions. The author thoroughly explains and illustrates each step of the drawing process--reflecting her three decades of professional illustration experience. With new chapters on figure and landscape drawing, as well as unique projects demonstrating the step-by-step process, readers will gain the knowledge and practice they need to build their skills and confidence. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
|Author||: Andrew Bernstein|
|Editor||: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
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 Classic literature or modern-day treasure—you'll understand it all with expert information and insight from CliffsNotes study guides.
|Author||: Duret, Christophe,Pons, Christian-Marie|
|Editor||: IGI Global|
Culture is dependent upon intertextuality to fuel the consumption and production of new media. The notion of intertextuality has gone through many iterations, but what remains constant is its stalwart application to bring to light what audiences value through the marriages of disparate ideology and references. Videogames, in particular, have a longstanding tradition of weaving texts together in multimedia formats that interact directly with players. Contemporary Research on Intertextuality in Video Games brings together game scholars to analyze the impact of video games through the lenses of transmediality, intermediality, hypertextuality, architextuality, and paratextuality. Unique in its endeavor, this publication discusses the vast web of interconnected texts that feed into digital games and their players. This book is essential reading for game theorists, designers, sociologists, and researchers in the fields of communication sciences, literature, and media studies.
|Author||: Ed Younkins|
|Editor||: Rowman & Littlefield|
Ayn Rand wrote and lectured on economic concepts and topics. This volume addresses the economic and business aspects of her writings. The authors of this anthology are from a variety of fields and all of them are enthusiastic supporters of her ideas.