I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It

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Inspired by Ayn Rand's characters in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, penetrating profiles of both the innovators who move our world forward and those who seek to destroy the achievement of others

John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's bestselling novel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualist capitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and in doing so lifts the world around him. Some of today's most successful CEOs, journalists, sports...

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Overview

Inspired by Ayn Rand's characters in Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, penetrating profiles of both the innovators who move our world forward and those who seek to destroy the achievement of others

John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's bestselling novel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualist capitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and in doing so lifts the world around him. Some of today's most successful CEOs, journalists, sports figures, actors, and thinkers have led their lives according to Galt's (i.e., Rand's) philosophy.

Now, in I Am John Galt, these inspiring stories are gathered with the keen insight and analysis of well-known market commentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta. Filled with exclusive interviews, profiles, and analyses of leading financial, 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 are Rand's arch villains-the power-seekers, parasites, and lunatics who would destroy that which the creators and builders make. Who are today's anti-heroes, fighting the creativity of the innovators?

  • Contains insightful interviews, profiles, and analyses of the individuals who have lived by a Randian code to achieve greatness for themselves and others
  • Offers a probing analysis of those who seek to destroy or undo the achievements of others'from academics, pundits, and government bureaucrats to fraudsters who have wreaked havoc on our world

Engaging and entertaining, I Am John Galt examines how the inspiration that is Galt thrives more than 50 years after publication of Atlas Shrugged. It will spark the interest of Ayn Rand fans everywhere, as well as those seeking a way to succeed in today's turbulent and confusing times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118907535
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/16/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,013,374
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald L. Luskin is Chief Investment Officer of TrendMacro, an investment strategy and economics research firm. For over thirty years, he has been a leading figure in investment management and financial markets. He was formerly vice chair of Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock) and is the founder of Investment Technology Group and MetaMarkets.com. Luskin appears weekly on CNBC's Kudlow & Company and contributes frequently to the op-ed page of the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of Index Options and Futures: The Complete Guide and editor of Portfolio Insurance: A Guide to Dynamic Hedging, both published by Wiley.

Andrew Greta is an author and business executive with more than fifteen years of experience in financial markets, and currently holds an appointment with the College of Business at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He formerly led corporate and business development at CME Group in Chicago and GE Capital in Stamford, Connecticut. Greta is a former contributing editor for TheStreet.com. His articles on finance and investing have appeared in numerous national publications including SFO magazine, DSNews.com, ABCNews.com, Online Investor, and Individual Investor.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Individualist 17
Steve Jobs as Howard Roark, the man who reinvented four wholeindustries just because it was so cool
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 2 The Mad Collectivist 45
Paul Krugman as Ellsworth Toohey, the man who preaches socialismfrom the pages of America’s newspaper of record
By Donald L. Luskin

Chapter 3 The Leader 71
John Allison as John Galt, the man who walked away after buildingAmerica's strongest bank
By Donald L. Luskin

Chapter 4 The Parasite 97
Angelo Mozilo as James Taggart, the businessman who corruptedgovernment and nearly wrecked the U.S. economy
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 5 The Persecuted Titan 131
Bill Gates as Henry Rearden, the businessman who createdrevolutionary technologies and was criminalized for hissuccess
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 6 The Central Planner 163
Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch, the politician who meddled in theeconomy and almost destroyed it
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 7 The Capitalist Champion 191
T. J. Rodgers as Francisco d'Anconia, the modern Renaissance manand agent provocateur for capitalism
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 8 The Sellout 219
Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler, the libertarian who became aneconomic czar
By Donald L. Luskin

Chapter 9 The Economist of Liberty 239
Milton Friedman as Hugh Akston, the academic who showed the worldthe connection between capitalism and freedom
By Andrew Greta & Donald L. Luskin

Afterword 261

Notes 267

Acknowledgments 293

About the Authors 295

Index 297

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  • Posted October 1, 2011

    Highly reccommend. Great intro to Objectivism, Rand and todays, heroes

    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. It introduces you to Ayn Rand's fiction, while at the same time introducing you to the brilleant and ethical entrepreneurs of today, and yes some of the well known mooches and government affiliated villans. Good for Whiley and Sons on this publication. The research seemed well done, helped clarify what happened in the housing market for me, and presented the facts simply for those of us who have only recently become students of economics. I also learned a great deal about the computer technology business. Much information tucked into a fast and entertaining read.

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