Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand - How many philosophers set forth their ideas in novel form? In her seminal work, Atlas Shrugged, Rand laid the foundation for her individualist philosophy commonly referred to as objectivism. Upon its release at the height of the cold war, Rand's anti communist perspective that praised the efforts of the individual in mass society set well with most Americans. A 1000 page book, Atlas Shrugged is anything but tedious. Who is John Galt?