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

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Overview

Praise for I Am John Galt

"Love her or hate her, Ayn Rand and I agree that free-market capitalism is the best way to prosperity. Her books show that capitalism and capitalists always triumph, no matter what the odds. Real life can work the same way if you have courage, integrity, and idealism. The real-life capitalist heroes that Don Luskin and Andrew Greta write about in this book prove it."
Larry Kudlow, CNBC's The Kudlow Report

"Our world today is just like Ayn Rand's novels—it's a battleground of ideas. We are watching play out a war of intrusive government, corrupt businessmen, and sellout economists versus the innovators, entrepreneurs, and just plain working people who make the world grow. Don Luskin and Andrew Greta report from the front lines, showing that there are still great people achieving big things, standing defiantly against the enemies of growth."
Arthur B. Laffer, founder and Chairman, Laffer Associates

"Donald Luskin and Andrew Greta bring Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged to life. Hank Rearden lives. Sadly, so too does Wesley Mouch."
Grover Glenn Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118013786
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (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 whole industries just because it was so cool
By Andrew Greta

Chapter 2 The Mad Collectivist 45
Paul Krugman as Ellsworth Toohey, the man who preaches socialism from 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 building America's strongest bank
By Donald L. Luskin

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

Chapter 5 The Persecuted Titan 131
Bill Gates as Henry Rearden, the businessman who created revolutionary technologies and was criminalized for his success
By Andrew Greta

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

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

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

Chapter 9 The Economist of Liberty 239
Milton Friedman as Hugh Akston, the academic who showed the world the 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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