Ayn Rand and the World She Made

Ayn Rand and the World She Made

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A comprehensive and eye-opening portrait of one of the most significant and improbable figures of the twentieth century--from her childhood in Russia during the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the publication of her blockbuster novels, and the rise and fall of the cult that formed around her in the 1950s and 1960s.
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, c2009
Characteristics: xiv, 567 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385513999 (alk. paper)
Call Number: B RAND:A HELLER

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" Rand saw a lot of Jack Bungay, who sometimes joined the male trio and their intellectual guiding light in all-night philosophical discussions. For a period of months in 1946, he, too, lived at the ranch. In the evenings, he and O'Connor enjoyed watching her perform a little two-step, with a cane, to radio music, a la Marlene Dietrich." " Rand remained an active opponent of Communist sympathizers wherever she went, particularly in postwar Hollywood." "To treat neuroses, then ought to be as simple as recognizing and banishing unrealistic, repressed, or contradictory ideas....Branden began to construct a theory he called 'the psychology of self-esteem' in which he exalted rationality, productivity, and achievement." " Girls had never liked him, and he, in turn had almost always found them shallow." " Barbara had lately been worrying that she had some sort of mind-body split." " Rand also supported the larger-than-life, forcibly retired army chief of staff General Douglas MacArthur during his brief flirtation with presidential politics, presenting him with a copy of ANTHEM, admiringly inscribed, ' From an author who voted for him for President of the United States in 1952---with profound respect and admiration.' Of course, this was a joke. Mac didn't run in 1952--Robert Taft and Dwight D. Eisenhower competed for the Republican nomination--and Rand, disgusted with the choices, reportedly didn't vote either then or in 1956. She liked McCarthy and detested Eisenhower as a conservative lacking in principles and backbone."

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Janice21383
Sep 05, 2012

Whoa. Note to literary curators and other acolytes: do not deny Anne C. Heller access to source documents. She will cut you. Ayn Rand and the World She Made is brutally honest, but it is the brutality of the stiletto, rather than the broadsword. Ms. Rand herself would probably have liked this biography, because it is stringently objective, and gives credit to Ms. Rand for her climb to success. And what a climb it was: from a woman, a Jew, and a dispossessed bourgeoise in Soviet Russia (three categories Ms. Rand would not have chosen for herself) to a secular saint in Manhattan. Sure, she stepped on a few faces and found a few unlikely allies along the way -- the American Right, for one. But she had big ideas, in which she earnestly believed. And she bucked the literary trends of her time, mostly to do with books having to be, at least, well-written. What do we, in the 21st century, not owe her?

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cmbohan
Jul 18, 2012

I have never been able to slog my way through a single book of the woman herself but this biography gives insight to Ms. Rand's life, philosophy and her specific influence on cultural norms. Greenspan was a fan so her influence is possibly visisble in current financial fiasco

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