I first read Ayn Rand's classic when I was 20 years old. It had a life-altering effect on me. It made me stop doing what I was doing (which wasn't much at the time) and go to work. I reread the book when I turned 40 because I was curious to see if it would still have the same power over me that it had over me in my youth. It didn't, and I found that to be so curious. It caused me to think a lot about how I had spent those 20 years - the experiences I had along the way and what I had learned about life. I plan to read Atlas Shrugged again when I'm 60. I want to see what it does to me then. Perspective is a gift that comes with age - if you allow it to. This is a book that everyone should read at least once in their life. And more than once if you have the patience and the curiousity.