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Ayn Rand and the World She Madeby Anne Conover Heller
Synopses & Reviews
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.
An impartial portrait of the influential writer and philosopher examines her contributions to American culture and politics, offering insight into her Bolshevik Revolution-marked childhood in Russia, successful literary career and passionate advocacy of laissez-faire capitalism.
About the Author
\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.
Table of Contents
Before the Revolution : 1905-1917 — Looters : 1917-1925 — Freedom to think : 1926-1934 — We are not like our brothers : 1934-1938 — The Fountainhead : 1936-1941 — The soul of an individualist : 1939-1942 — Money : 1943 — Fame : 1943-1946 — The top and the bottom : 1946-1949 — The means and the end : 1950-1953 — The immovable mover : 1953-1957 — Atlas shrugged : 1957 — The public philosopher : 1958-1963 — Account overdrawn : 1962-1967 — Either/or (the break) : 1967-1968 — In the name of the best within us : 1969-1982.
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