Atlas Shrugged is a novel by Ayn Rand, first published in 1957 in the United States. It was
Rand's last work of fiction before concentrating her writings exclusively on philosophy, politics
and cultural criticism. At over one thousand pages in length, she considered it her magnum opus.
Also, at approximately 645,000 words, Atlas Shrugged is one of the longest novels ever written in
European language. The book explores a number of philosophical themes that Rand would subsequently
develop into the philosophy of Objectivism.
The theme of Atlas Shrugged is the role of the mind in man's existence and, consequently,
presentation of the morality of rational self-interest.