The famed voice of Jeff Riggenbach reads the great novel of capitalist fortune from 1922. Here this masterpiece of fiction comes to life as never before. The format is MP3 for your player. This recording is a commission of the Mises Institute and an exclusive offering.
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It is the story of an upstart Wall Street speculator financier, Henry Galt, a shadowy figure who stays out of the limelight as much as possible until he unleashes a plan that had been years in the marking: he uses his extraordinary entrepreneurial talent to acquire control of a failing railroad.
Through outstanding management sense, good pricing, excellent service, and overall business savvy, he out competes all the big names in the business, while making a fortune in the process. Garrett has a way of illustrating just what it takes to be a businessman of this sort, and how his mind alone becomes the source of a fantastic revenue stream.
But his successes breed trouble. The government conspires with envious competitors to regulate him using the Sherman Antitrust Act, calling him a monopolist who is exploiting the public.
This book tells the dramatic story of his success and his fight. A reoccurring literary motif through the book has people asking: "Who is Henry Galt?"
In one of many asides, this book contains one of the best explanations of the stupidity of "bi-metallism" that fixed the relationship between silver and gold. Indeed, the book is overall very sound on the money question, showing the inflationist populist movement of the late 19th century to be a pack of fools. Galt himself delivers some fantastic defenses of hard money and free markets, in both conversation and in front of the US Congress.
We hope this exclusive offering of Mises.org will be the first of many such audio recordings available. Enjoy!
This is one of the greatest fiction books I have ever read, and Jeff Riggenbach did a wonderful job as always.
A point to make in regard to those who claim Ayn Rand copied her idea for Atlas Shrugged from The Driver. I do believe it is possible she read The Driver, and perhaps it might have had an influence on her work. The name Galt is an unusual one, and the fact that a train company is the main subject of each further compels some to believe such a notion. However, the two stand apart in the stories they tell. I feel we should give credit where credit is due. Atlas Shrugged is a masterpiece, which no novel even comes close to in comparison. Likewise, The Driver is a great book with an inspirational lesson into the mind of an entrepreneur. I did not want to stop listening to it, and when it ended I wished it could continue. I strongly encourage everyone to read this book; you will be thankful you did.
Shows the corruption in corporate America and Wall St a century ago and how it relates to today! Good story. It reminded me somewhat of The Great Gatsby. It's a good story of innovation, efficiency and American entrepreneurship and persistence!
Jeff Riggenbach does a wonderful job reading this classic work by Garet Garrett. Many thanks to the Mises Institute for preserving great works like this for generations to come.
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