Written over 50 years ago, our country is facing many of the scenarios described in Ayn Rands novel. This discussion is meant to be a jumping off point for classroom discussion of Atlas Shrugged, a novel voted as one of the most influential books of all time. Whether you love it or hate it, it has fascinating points to make about government, our freedoms within the United States, and the dangers we’re facing as we watch government grow, our freedom of speech decline, and our best and brightest wondering what they should do next.
A survey was conducted for the Library of Congress and the Book-of-the-Month Club by the Information Analysis System Corporation of Mansfield Center, CT. Five thousand Book-of-the-Month club members were asked which book was considered the most influential book in their life. Out of the 2,032 readers whom responded to the survey, Atlas Shrugged was ranked second with the Bible taking top honors.
Here’s the survey’s top five “most influential books”:
1. The Bible.
2. “Atlas Shrugged,” by Ayn Rand.
3. “The Road Less Traveled,” by M. Scott Peck.
4. “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee.
5. “The Lord of the Rings,” by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Note: Although this broadcast of John Stossel show says that a movie has never been made of Atlas Shrugged, since the broadcast was done, Atlas Shugged Part 1 (2011), Atlas Shrugged II: The Strike (2012), and Atlas Shrugged III: Who Is John Galt? (2014) have been made.