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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 authors 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 Rands history and looks at Rand with new research and a fresh perspective.

Based on original research in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rands 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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In this seminal biography, 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.

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ANNE C. HELLER has written for such publications as Lears, 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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Ron Beasley, February 18, 2010 (view all comments by Ron Beasley)
Heller makes it clear that Rand's own life was even more bizarre than her fictional characters. There are times when you forget you are not reading fiction. But this is an important read if you want to understand how we got to the greed centered economy that may yet bring down the United States. Alan Greenspan was a disciple or cultist but even he was forced to recant after he saw the havoc objectivism created. While it's an important read it's also a good read.
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ISBN:
9780385513999
Author:
Heller, Anne C
Publisher:
Nan A. Talese
Author:
Anne C. Heller
Author:
Heller, Anne Conover
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Objectivism (Philosophy)
Subject:
Novelists, American -- 20th century.
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20091027
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8-PAGE B/W INSERTS
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
9.48x6.58x1.58 in. 2.18 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this seminal biography, 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.
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