Atlas Shrugged is a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand. The book was her last novel and her longest book. It is often considered her magnum opus and the book where her philosophy of Objectivism first took its full form. The book has been influential and inspirational to libertarians and remains popular among the general public as well.
A number of themes occur in the book. The economy is suffering due to ever-increasing government control. The mysterious John Galt has secretly organized a strike of the world's industrial leaders, businessmen, entrepreneurs, inventors, and intellectuals, who gather at Galt's Gulch, a secret enclave in Colorado. The title of the novel refers to Atlas, the Greek god who held the weight of the world on his shoulders, and implies that the people going on strike are holding the weight of the world on their shoulders, and if they withdraw from society (or "shrug") it would collapse. The novel's protagonist is Dagny Taggart, a corporate vice president who gradually uncovers what is going on with Galt's strike.