A Course on Atlas Shrugged
By Philosopher Dr. Diana Hsieh
Do you want to better understand and appreciate Ayn Rand's epic novel Atlas Shrugged?
Explore Atlas Shrugged is an in-depth course consisting of a podcast series, study questions, 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 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. The course contains over 1200 questions, organized into "core" and "extra" categories. You can preview the study questions for each session below.
- Each podcast is an in-depth look at the events, characters, and ideas from that portion of the novel. The course contains over 22 hours of lively and engaging podcasting. You can preview the podcast for each session below.
- Explore Atlas Shrugged also includes a Plot Outline, a Character Inventory, Questions for a Book Club, and a FAQ on Atlas Shrugged Reading Groups.
Explore Atlas Shrugged will inspire 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. Check out the previews, then purchase access to the whole of Explore Atlas Shrugged for just $20.
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Preview Explore Atlas Shrugged
Note: The pagination of the hardcover, softcover, and kindle editions differs from that of the small mass market paperback. The study questions and other resources cite only the pagination from the larger editions. I don't recommend using the mass market paperback. Also, if you've not read the novel before, beware of spoilers!
- Plot Outline
- Character Inventory
- Questions for a Three-Session Book Club
- FAQ on Atlas Shrugged Reading Groups
- Part 1: Chapter 1: The Theme
- Part 1: Chapter 2: The Chain
- Part 1: Chapter 3: The Top and the Bottom
- Part 1: Chapter 4: The Immovable Movers
- Part 1: Chapter 5: The Climax of the d'Anconias
- Part 1: Chapter 6: The Non-Commercial
- Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 1-4)
- Part 1: Chapter 7: The Exploiters and the Exploited (Sections 5-9)
- Part 1: Chapter 8: The John Galt Line
- Part 1: Chapter 9: The Sacred and the Profane
- Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt's Torch (Sections 1-4)
- Part 1: Chapter 10: Wyatt's Torch (Sections 5-9)
- Part 2: Chapter 1: The Man Who Belonged on Earth
- Part 2: Chapter 2: The Aristocracy of Pull
- Part 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail (Sections 1-3)
- Part 2: Chapter 3: White Blackmail (Sections 4-5)
- Part 2: Chapter 4: The Sanction of the Victim
- Part 2: Chapter 5: Account Overdrawn
- Part 2: Chapter 6: Miracle Metal
- Part 2: Chapter 7: The Moratorium on Brains
- Part 2: Chapter 8: By Our Love
- Part 2: Chapter 9: The Face Without Pain or Fear or Guilt
- Part 2: Chapter 10: The Sign of the Dollar
- Part 3: Chapter 1: Atlantis
- Part 3: Chapter 2: The Utopia of Greed
- Part 3: Chapter 3: Anti-Greed
- Part 3: Chapter 4: Anti-Life
- Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers' Keepers (Sections 1-2)
- Part 3: Chapter 5: Their Brothers' Keepers (Sections 3-4)
- Part 3: Chapter 6: The Concerto of Deliverance
- Part 3: Chapter 7: "This is John Galt Speaking"
- Part 3: Chapter 8: The Egoist
- Part 3: Chapter 9: The Generator
- Part 3: Chapter 10: In the Name of the Best Within Us
Praise for Explore Atlas Shrugged
The response to Explore Atlas Shrugged has been overwhelmingly positive, including the following remarks:
I require students to read Atlas Shrugged in my introductory economics class. Dr. Hsieh's Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts were an essential tool to help communicate the novel's lesson and hold effective class discussion. Do not attempt to teach the book without consulting the podcasts first!
— Bailey Norwood, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Diana – our GLO Atlas Reading Group is going so very well. We have about 12-13 people attending, and it is truly the most fun we've had in a long time. So much rewarding fun comes out of your ideas and organization. Can't thank you enough for your efforts!!!
I just wanted to send you a quick note and thank you for your efforts on Explore Atlas Shrugged. As part of the Charm City Objectivists Society we used your questions and podcast to help kick off our reading group yesterday for session one. We had epiphanies all around the table from someone who is a firm student of Objectivism to a person who had read Atlas Shrugged but is new to Objectivism. I know that neither Ray (our moderator) or myself could have undertaken this kind of thing without the wonderful resource you have created. You have helped me make a difference in my community and I thank you for it.
The other day, I began listening to your Explore Atlas Shrugged podcasts. I have read and listened to the book several times, but it has been admittedly too long since the last time. Although I can not adequately express how much experiencing your podcasts has meant to me and the extent to which they have reinvigorated me, I did want to thank you...Thank you.