Inspired by Ayn Rand's characters in Atlas Shrugged and TheFountainhead, penetrating profiles of both the innovators who moveour world forward and those who seek to destroy the achievement ofothers
John Galt, the fictional character from Ayn Rand's bestsellingnovel, Atlas Shrugged, has come to embody the individualistcapitalist who acts in his own enlightened self interest, and indoing so lifts the world around him. Some of today's mostsuccessful CEOs, journalists, sports figures, actors, and thinkershave led their lives according to Galt's (i.e., Rand's)philosophy.
Now, in I Am John Galt, these inspiring stories aregathered with the keen insight and analysis of well-known marketcommentator Donald Luskin and business writer Andrew Greta. Filledwith exclusive interviews, profiles, and analyses of leadingfinancial, 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 areRand's arch villains-the power-seekers, parasites, and lunatics whowould destroy that which the creators and builders make. Who aretoday's anti-heroes, fighting the creativity of the innovators?
- Contains insightful interviews, profiles, and analyses of theindividuals who have lived by a Randian code to achieve greatnessfor themselves and others
- Offers a probing analysis of those who seek to destroy or undothe achievements of others'from academics, pundits, and governmentbureaucrats to fraudsters who have wreaked havoc on our world
Engaging and entertaining, I Am John Galt examines howthe inspiration that is Galt thrives more than 50 years afterpublication of Atlas Shrugged. It will spark the interest of AynRand fans everywhere, as well as those seeking a way to succeed intoday's turbulent and confusing times.
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About the Author
Donald L. Luskin (San Francisco, CA) is a high profile commentator appearing weekly on CNBC's "Kudlow Report" and author of "Ahead of the Curve" investment column for SmartMoney.com, the site's most popular weekly column. Luskin writes frequently for the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, blogs at "The Conspiracy to Keep You Poor and Stupid," and his commentaries and analysis appear in the National Review, Washington Post, and Reason magazine. He is chief investment officer at Trend Macrolytics LLC, an economic and investment strategy consulting firm serving the largest institutional investors. For over 25 years he has been a leading figure in investment management and financial markets, with senior executive positions at Wells Fargo, Barclays, and Investment Technology Group.
Andrew Greta (Chicago, IL) is a freelance author and business executive with more than 15 years of experience in the financial markets. Most recently, Greta led corporate & business development efforts at CME Group in Chicago - the world's largest and most diverse financial exchange. Previously, Greta served as Director, Global Business Development for General Electric (GE), where he led global mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and strategic partnership deals for one of GE's financial services divisions.Andrew is a former Contributing Editor for TheStreet.com. His articles on finance and investing topics have appeared in numerous national publications including Stocks, Futures & Options (SFO) Magazine, DS News, ABCNews.com, Online Investor, and Individual Investor Magazine. He blogs with co-author Donald Luskin at iamjohngalt.com. Greta began his career as a Series 7 Financial Advisor with Prudential Securities and holds an MBA from the Krannert Graduate School of Management at Purdue University. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Emily.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 The Individualist 17Steve Jobs as Howard Roark, the man who reinvented four wholeindustries just because it was so coolBy Andrew Greta
Chapter 2 The Mad Collectivist 45Paul Krugman as Ellsworth Toohey, the man who preaches socialismfrom the pages of America’s newspaper of recordBy Donald L. Luskin
Chapter 3 The Leader 71John Allison as John Galt, the man who walked away after buildingAmerica's strongest bankBy Donald L. Luskin
Chapter 4 The Parasite 97Angelo Mozilo as James Taggart, the businessman who corruptedgovernment and nearly wrecked the U.S. economyBy Andrew Greta
Chapter 5 The Persecuted Titan 131Bill Gates as Henry Rearden, the businessman who createdrevolutionary technologies and was criminalized for hissuccessBy Andrew Greta
Chapter 6 The Central Planner 163Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch, the politician who meddled in theeconomy and almost destroyed itBy Andrew Greta
Chapter 7 The Capitalist Champion 191T. J. Rodgers as Francisco d'Anconia, the modern Renaissance manand agent provocateur for capitalismBy Andrew Greta
Chapter 8 The Sellout 219Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler, the libertarian who became aneconomic czarBy Donald L. Luskin
Chapter 9 The Economist of Liberty 239Milton Friedman as Hugh Akston, the academic who showed the worldthe connection between capitalism and freedomBy Andrew Greta & Donald L. Luskin
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.