I Am John Galt: Today's Heroic Innovators Building the World and the Villainous Parasites Destroying It
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.
Chapter 1 The Individualist.
Steve Jobs as Howard Roark, the man who reinvented four whole industries just because it was so cool (Andrew Greta).
Chapter 2 The Mad Collectivist.
Paul Krugman as Ellsworth Toohey, the man who preaches socialism from the pages of America’s newspaper of record (Donald L. Luskin).
Chapter 3 The Leader.
John Allison as John Galt, the man who walked away after building America’s strongest bank (Donald L. Luskin).
Chapter 4 The Parasite.
Angelo Mozilo as James Taggart, the businessman who corrupted government and nearly wrecked the U.S. economy (Andrew Greta).
Chapter 5 The Persecuted Titan.
Bill Gates as Henry Rearden, the businessman who created revolutionary technologies and was criminalized for his success (Andrew Greta).
Chapter 6 The Central Planner.
Barney Frank as Wesley Mouch, the politician who meddled in the economy and almost destroyed it (Andrew Greta).
Chapter 7 The Capitalist Champion.
T. J. Rodgers as Francisco d’Anconia, the modern Renaissance man and agent provocateur for capitalism (Andrew Greta).
Chapter 8 The Sellout.
Alan Greenspan as Robert Stadler, the libertarian who became an economic czar (Donald L. Luskin).
Chapter 9 The Economist of Liberty.
Milton Friedman as Hugh Akston, the academic who showed the world the connection between capitalism and freedom (Andrew Greta & Donald L. Luskin).
About the Authors.
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.