Ayn Rand and the World She Made

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Oct 27, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
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Ayn Rand is best known as the author of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, more than 12 million copies of the two novels have been sold in the United States. The books have attracted three generations of readers, shaped the foundation of the Libertarian movement, and influenced White House economic policies throughout the Reagan years and beyond. A passionate advocate of laissez-faire capitalism and individual rights, Rand remains a powerful force in the political perceptions of Americans today. Yet twenty-five years after her death, her readers know little about her life.

In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller traces the controversial author’s life 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. Throughout, Heller reveals previously unknown facts about Rand’s history and looks at Rand with new research and a fresh perspective.

Based on original research in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s acquaintances and former acolytes, and previously unexamined archives of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND THE WORLD SHE MADE is a comprehensive and eye-opening portrait of one of the most significant and improbable figures of the twentieth century.

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User Review  - storyjunkie - LibraryThing

This biography attempts to explain the intriguing character of Ayn Rand, to place her person as separate to her ideas, as much as such a thing is possible. Heller's own feelings or opinions of Rand's ... Read full review

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User Review  - sandglass - LibraryThing

This was a really great book about Ayn Rand's life. The only problem is how long it takes to go through her life. It begins literally with her very young childhood and stays there for a long time. It ... Read full review


THREE Freedom to Think
FOUR VVc Are Not Like Our Brothers
HVE The Fountainhead
The Soul of an Individualist
FIFTEEN EitherOr The Break
SIXTEEN In the Name of
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ANNE C. HELLER has written for such publications as Lear’s, Mademoiselle, TriQuarterly, and Esquire. She is the former fiction editor of Esquire and Redbook, and a former executive editor at Condé Nast Publications. She lives in Manhattan.

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