Who Is John Galt?


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John Galt is a fictional character in Ayn Rand's novel "Atlas Shrugged." The book's opening line is "Who is John Galt?" The line is repeated throughout "Atlas Shrugged."

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"Atlas Shrugged" reveals John Galt to be the son of a garage mechanic from Ohio who left home when he was 12. He begins attending college at age 16 with a double major in physics and philosophy. After graduation, Galt becomes an engineer and designs a motor that's powered by static electricity. He later organizes a strike of the world's creative leaders. The strike becomes a mystery to uncover for the book's protagonist, Dagny Taggart.

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