The quintessential novel proclaiming the heroic nature of capitalisim, and capitalist leaders in particular, written by Ayn Rand and originally published in 1957. Rand's heroine, Dagny Taggart, spends the novel which is set it a society in which mediocrity is valued over excellence, seeking out the mythical John Galt. The novel spawns the esoteric catch phrase "Who is John Galt?" which is the opening line of the book.
Ayn Rand (born Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum; February 2 1905), was a Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. Born and educated in Russia, Rand immigrated to the United States in 1926.
She wrote several influential books including "Atlas Shrugged".
Bertram Cooper is a very large fan of Rand.