Ayn Rand Explained

Ayn Rand Explained : From Tyranny to Tea Party

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Fifty-five years after Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand is more in the news than ever. Ayn Rand Explained is an accurate and riveting account of Rand's life, work, and influence, with the emphasis on her ideas. The book covers Rand's career, from youth in Soviet Russia to Hollywood screenwriter and then to ideological guru; her novels and other fiction writings; her work in ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics; her influence on--and personal animosity toward--both conservatism and libertarianism. Rand's Objectivism encompasses the ethics of rational egoism ('The Virtue of Selfishness'); dedication to rational thinking and acting; rejection of faith in the supernatural, personal freedom from political interference, and a moral defense of limited government and laissez-faire. Objectivism was first promoted through the Nathaniel Branden Institute, headed by Rand's young protege and designated heir. The Institute's phenomenally rapid growth was abruptly cut short when Rand expelled Branden and his followers in 1968. Today Objectivism is represented by different factions, notably the Ayn Rand Institute and the Atlas Society.
This is a revised, updated edition of The Ideas of Ayn Rand (1991), including new information on Rand's rocketing influence, new stories about her personal relationships, and new analysis of her life and ideas.
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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 15.24mm | 382g
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised Edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0812697987
  • 9780812697988
  • 1,630,859

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"Ayn Rand is in the news now more than ever--but the media consistently misunderstands her. Read Ayn Rand Explained for a thorough and clear introduction to her ideas!" --JIMMY WALES, founder of Wikipedia "Ayn Rand Explained takes us on an exciting exploration of Rand's provocative worldview and expertly traces its huge contemporary impact on politics, economics, art, and culture. Marsha Familaro Enright provides much new information and probing, in-depth analysis. A surprising, intriguing take on a controversial writer." --CHRIS MATTHEW SCIABARRA, author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical "I immensely enjoyed reading Ayn Rand Explained. Packed with fascinating information, much of it new, the book is a real page turner--and a reminder of why Rand's novels are continuously making their way onto best-seller lists." --VERONIQUE DE RUGY, Senior Research Fellow, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University On the First Edition "Very impressive! Merrill has a detailed understanding of Rand's philosophy and familiarity with her novels... I don't agree with everything he says but his discussion is full of insights and penetrating points, and I learned a great deal from reading it." --DAVID KELLEY, author of A Life of One's Own and The Contested Legacy of Ayn Rand "A fascinating, thoughtful book... a worthy contribution to the growing body of literature on Ayn Rand and Objectivism. One need not agree with all of his conclusions to congratulate Mr. Merrill on the independence of his thinking." --BARBARA BRANDEN, author of The Passion of Ayn Rand
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