I was quite young when I read Atlas Shrugged - one of my first lengthy books, along with The Stand a few years later and a great Robert McCammon book called Swan Song.
I saw part one of Atlas Shrugged months back and waiting on part two - I seem to remember the book being more political than business, I think I might be getting some of the content confused with the Foundation series (these Issomov books were incredible Galactic political stories) my innocent mind found such politics on such a scale mind blowing, but then along came the Internet years later, an made our planet very small - I guess technology could someday be said for galaxies.
Of course, I was real young, in my young teens and I can't remember if distant communications took place instantly or obeyed radio-waves traveling at the speed of light. If the radio-wave concept was somehow removed from interstellar politics, then the time it would take to talk from one galactic center to another would take many years per transmission at the very least. Of course I'm trying to remember if they traveled at StarTrek or faster speeds in the Foundation books either? I'm sure all that was a given that we could zoom around the Universe at will and just as easily have wars and battle for sectors of galaxies as easily as we send missiles across the globe today.
So come on part two, I enjoyed part one a lot.