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The Passion Of Ayn Rand

Author : Barbara Branden
ISBN : UOM:39015031606620
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The bestselling biography of one of the 20th century's most remarkable and controversial writers. Author Barbara Branden, who knew Rand for nineteen years, provides a matchless portrait of this fiercely private and complex woman.
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Passion Of Ayn Rand

Author : Barbara Branden
ISBN : 1439514313
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Based on interviews with Rand and discussions with those close to her, this biography describes her life from her youth in Russia, to her stint in Hollywood as a screenwriter, and through her marriage, the publication of her novels, and the evolution of her philosophy
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The Passion Of Ayn Rand S Critics

Author : James S. Valliant
ISBN : 1930754671
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Read Rand's own never-before-scene journal entries about the Brandons. Author Valliant shines light on the truth hidden by the Brandens' biographies and sets the record straight.
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Judgment Day

Author : Nathaniel Branden
ISBN : UOM:39015014540325
Genre : Authors, American 20th century Relations with men
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The author details his relationship with Ayn Rand, illuminating the tremendous influence of Objectivism on his life and work and the twenty-five year intimate relationship they shared
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Ayn Rand

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Selfish Women

Author : Lisa Downing
ISBN : 9781000020618
Genre : Social Science
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This book proceeds from a single and very simple observation: throughout history, and up to the present, women have received a clear message that we are not supposed to prioritize ourselves. Indeed, the whole question of "self" is a problem for women – and a problem that issues from a wide range of locations, including, in some cases, feminism itself. When women espouse discourses of self-interest, self-regard, and selfishness, they become illegible. This is complicated by the commodification of the self in the recent Western mode of economic and political organization known as "neoliberalism," which encourages a focus on self-fashioning that may not be identical with self-regard or self-interest. Drawing on figures from French, US, and UK contexts, including Rachilde, Ayn Rand, Margaret Thatcher, and Lionel Shriver, and examining discourses from psychiatry, media, and feminism with the aim of reading against the grain of multiple orthodoxies, this book asks how revisiting the words and works of selfish women of modernity can assist us in understanding our fraught individual and collective identities as women in contemporary culture. And can women with politics that are contrary to the interests of the collective teach us anything about the value of rethinking the role of the individual? This book is an essential read for those with interests in cultural theory, feminist theory, and gender politics.
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A Companion To Ayn Rand

Author : Allan Gotthelf
ISBN : 9781405186841
Genre : Philosophy
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The first volume to offer a comprehensive scholarly treatment of Rand’s entire corpus (including her novels, her philosophical essays, and her analysis of the events of her times), this Companion provides vital orientation and context for scholars and educated readers grappling with a controversial and understudied thinker whose enduring influence on American (and world) culture is increasingly recognized. The first publication to provide an in-depth scholarly treatment ranging over the whole of Rand’s corpus Provides informed contextual analysis for scholars in a variety of disciplines Presents original research on unpublished material and drafts from the Rand archives in California Features insightful and fair-minded interpretations of Rand’s controversial positions
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Ayn Rand Cult

Author : Jeff Walker
ISBN : 9780812698190
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Despised by the intellectual establishment, Ayn Rand continues to attract many thousands of devoted followers. Her "Objectivist" movement preaches an uncompromising hard line on politics, art, sex, and psychological health. Though much has been written about Rand, The Ayn Rand Cult is the first book to explain the true origin of her ideas and to show how they were shaped into a new, atheistic religion. Jeff Walker shatters many myths about Rand, exposing Objectivism as a classic cult, unusual because of its overt emphasis on self-interest, rationality, and atheism, but typical of cults in its guru-worship, thought control, trial and excommunication of deviants, and hostility to existing society.
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The Contested Legacy Of Ayn Rand

Author : David Kelley
ISBN : 1412836336
Genre : Philosophy
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Ayn Rand's philosophical novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged made her the most controversial author of her age. Her works have drawn millions of readers and continue to sell at a breathtaking pace. Their impact on American culture runs from libertarian politics to the self-esteem movement in psychology to the rugged individualism of Silicon Valley and the Internet. Rand also launched a movement of intellectuals committed to her philosophy of Objectivism. While it has grown dramatically since Rand's death in 1982, however, the Objectivist movement has also fractured into rival camps whose differences over doctrine and strategy are compounded by competition for leadership and bitter accusations of heresy. In Truth and Toleration, philosopher David Kelley analyzes the conflicts that led him to break ranks with orthodox Objectivists and create an independent branch of the movement. Originally published in 1990 as a manifesto, this work has been revised as an analysis of the principles of intellectual collaboration-the terms on which intellectuals and activists can work together in a common cause. Going beyond the immediate issues, Kelley discusses the nature of individual responsibility for the spread of ideas and for their historical consequences. He offers a new argument for toleration based on a non-relativistic theory of truth. He describes the nature of tribalism among intellectuals, showing how the troubled legacy of Ayn Rand has followed a pattern similar to the not-so-civil wars among followers of other original and charismatic thinkers such as Marx and Freud. In a postscript for the second edition, Kelley reviews the growth in Objectivist scholarship and the influence of Rand's ideas over the past decade. Truth and Toleration is an engaging introduction to the Objectivist movement, its core ideas, and its central fissures. At the same time, it offers a case study in the sociology of intellectual movements and a frank discussion of the issues that arise whenever thinkers leave their studies to promote their idea in the public realm. David Kelley is the executive director of the Objectivist Center. Educated at Princeton University, earlier in his career he taught philosophy at Brandeis University and Vassar College. He has written widely on the subject of libertarianism including The Evidence of the Senses; The Art of Reasoning; and is co-author of The Logical Structure of Objectivism.
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Ayn Rand Explained

Author : Ronald E. Merrill
ISBN : 9780812697988
Genre : Philosophy
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Scorned by the established critics, Rand wrote brilliant popular novels that have become permanent best sellers and founded an comprehensive philosophical and cultural movement which is shaking the foundations of the post-New Deal American political order. Merrill examines her espousal and then rejection of Nietzschean philosophy; her dismissal of religious faith; and her influence on-- and yet hostility to-- both conservatism and libertarianism.
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Feminist Interpretations Of Ayn Rand

Author : Mimi Reisel Gladstein
ISBN : 0271043296
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Bloemlezing van bijdragen vanuit feministisch perspectief over het werk van de Amerikaanse filosofe en schrijfster Ayn Rand. Bevat de volgende bijdragen: Ayn Rand: the reluctant feminist / Barbara Branden; Ayn Rand and feminism: an unlikely alliance / Mimi Reisel Gladstein; On 'Atlas shrugged' / Judith Wilt; Ayn Rand: a traitor to her own sex / Susan Brownmiller; Psyching out Ayn Rand / Barbara Grizzuti Harrison; Reflections on Ayn Rand / Camille Paglia; Ayn Rand and feminist synthesis: rereading 'We the living' / Valérie Loiret-Prunet; Skyscrapers, supermodels, and strange attractors: Ayn Rand, Naomi Wolf, and the third wave aesthos / Barry Vacker; Looking through a paradigm darkly / Wendy McElroy; The romances of Ayn Rand / Judith Wilt; Who is Dagny Taggart?: the epic hero/ine in disguise / Karen Michalson; Was Ayn Rand a feminist? / Nathaniel Branden; Ayn Rand and the concept of feminism: a reclamation / Joan Kennedy Taylor; Ayn Rand's philosophy of individualism: a feminist psychologist's perspective / Sharon Presley; Ayn Rand: the women who would not be president / Susan Love Brown; Rereading Rand on gender in the light of Paglia / Robert Sheaffer; Sex and gender through an egoist lens: masculinity and femininity in the philosophy of Ayn Rand / Diana Mertz Brickell; The female hero: a Randian-feminist synthesis / Thomas Gramstad; Fluff and granite: rereading Rand's camp feminist aesthetics / Melissa Jane Hardie.
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Philosophers Of Capitalism

Author : Edward Wayne Younkins
ISBN : 0739110772
Genre : Business & Economics
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Philosophers of Capitalism provides an interdisciplinary approach, attempting to discover the feasibility of an integration of Austrian Economics and Ayn Rand's philosophy of Objectivism. In the first section of the book, Edward W. Younkins supplies essays presenting the essential ideas of Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and Ayn Rand. Building upon these essential ideas, the second portion of the book brings together scholarly perspectives from top academics, analyzing Menger, von Mises, and Rand. The third and final section of the book looks toward the future and the possibility of combining and extending the insights of these champions of a free society, emphasizing how the errors, omissions, and oversights made by one theorist can effectively be negated or compensated for by integrating insights from one or more of the others. Featuring a list of recommended reading for the major ideas and theorists discussed, Philosophers of Capitalism is an essential book for both philosophers and economists.
Category: Business & Economics

The Age Of Selfishness

Author : Darryl Cunningham
ISBN : 9781613127674
Genre : Business & Economics
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“A sympathetic but deeply critical biography of [Ayn] Rand and the eventual role of libertarian philosophy in the recent financial crisis” (The New York Times Book Review). Tracing the emergence of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism in the 1940s to her present-day influence, Darryl Cunningham’s latest work of investigative graphic nonfiction leads readers to the heart of the global financial crisis of 2008. Cunningham uses Rand’s biography to illuminate the policies that led to the economic crash in the United States and in Europe, and how her philosophy continues to affect today’s politics and policies, starting with her most noted disciple, economist Alan Greenspan (former chairman of the Federal Reserve). Cunningham also shows how right-wing conservatives, libertarians, and the Tea Party movement have co-opted Rand’s teachings (and inherent contradictions) to promote personal gain and profit at the expense of the middle class. Tackling the complexities of economics by distilling them down to a series of concepts accessible to all age groups, Cunningham ultimately delivers a devastating analysis of our current economic world. “This book is a superb example of how powerful graphic nonfiction can be in taking complex events and making them frighteningly clear.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) “There are moments of brilliance here and excellent economic explication.” —Library Journal “This is a well-researched, detail-packed book that I’ll need to read a few more times to fully digest.” —Boing Boing
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Architecture And Film

Author : Mark Lamster
ISBN : 1568982070
Genre : Architecture
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An examination of the ways in which architecture and architects are treated on screen and how these depictions filter and shape the ways we understand the built environment. There are essays from contributors from a range of disciplines and interviews of those working behind the scenes.
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Sewer Gas Electric

Author : Matt Ruff
ISBN : 0802198457
Genre : Fiction
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A satire of a surreal technocratic future by the national-bestselling author of Lovecraft Country: “Dizzyingly readable” (Thomas Pynchon). High above Manhattan, android and human steelworkers are constructing a new Tower of Babel for billionaire Harry Gant, as a monument to humanity’s power to dream. In the festering sewers below, a darker game is afoot: a Wall Street takeover artist has been murdered, and Gant’s crusading ex-wife, Joan Fine, has been hired to find out why, in this wild romp by the acclaimed author of Fool on the Hill and Lovecraft Country. The year is 2023, and Ayn Rand has been resurrected and bottled in a hurricane lamp to serve as Joan’s assistant; an eco-terrorist named Philo Dufrense travels in a pink-and-green submarine designed by Howard Hughes; a Volkswagen Beetle is possessed by the spirit of Abbie Hoffman; Meisterbrau, a mutant great white shark, is running loose in the sewers beneath Times Square; and a one-armed 181-year-old Civil War veteran joins Joan and Ayn in their quest for the truth. All of them, and many more besides, are about to be caught up in a vast conspiracy involving Walt Disney, J. Edgar Hoover, and a mob of homicidal robots . . . “[An] SF roller-coaster satirizing the horrors of our nascent technocracy . . . Told with breezy good humor, this exuberantly silly tale will find an audience among admirers of the day-glo surrealism of Steve Erickson and the tangled conspiracy theories of David Foster Wallace.” —Publishers Weekly “A turbocharged neo-Dickensian hot rod [with] plenty of intellectual horsepower.” —Neal Stephenson
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Goddess Of The Market

Author : Jennifer Burns
ISBN : 0199740895
Genre : Philosophy
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Worshipped by her fans, denounced by her enemies, and forever shadowed by controversy and scandal, the novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was a powerful thinker whose views on government and markets shaped the conservative movement from its earliest days. Drawing on unprecedented access to Rand's private papers and the original, unedited versions of Rand's journals, Jennifer Burns offers a groundbreaking reassessment of this key cultural figure, examining her life, her ideas, and her impact on conservative political thought. Goddess of the Market follows Rand from her childhood in Russia through her meteoric rise from struggling Hollywood screenwriter to bestselling novelist, including the writing of her wildly successful The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Burns highlights the two facets of Rand's work that make her a perennial draw for those on the right: her promotion of capitalism, and her defense of limited government. Both sprang from her early, bitter experience of life under Communism, and became among the most deeply enduring of her messages, attracting a diverse audience of college students and intellectuals, business people and Republican Party activists, libertarians and conservatives. The book also traces the development of Rand's Objectivist philosophy and her relationship with Nathaniel Branden, her closest intellectual partner, with whom she had an explosive falling out in 1968. One of the Denver Post's Great Reads of 2009 One of Bloomberg News's Top Nonfiction Books of 2009 "Excellent." --Time magazine "A terrific book--a serious consideration of Rand's ideas, and her role in the conservative movement of the past three quarters of a century." --The American Thinker "A wonderful book: beautifully written, completely balanced, extensively researched. The match between author and subject is so perfect that one might believe that the author was chosen by the gods to write this book. She has sympathy and affection for her subject but treats her as a human being, with no attempt to cover up the foibles." --Mises Economics Blog
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Think As If Your Life Depends On It

Author : Barbara Branden
ISBN : 1548486671
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As the author shows, thinking is not an automatic process known to everyone "instinctively," but an acquired skill; and - like every human skill - it involves certain principles which have to be identified and learned. She discusses these principles in detail and spells out the specific techniques for avoiding thinking errors and maximizing the productiveness of one's mental effort.

Ayn Rand

Author : Chris Matthew Sciabarra
ISBN : 0271042362
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is one of the most widely read philosophers of the twentieth century. Yet, despite the sale of nearly thirty million copies of her works, there have been few extended scholarly examinations of her thought. Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical provides the first comprehensive analysis of the intellectual roots and philosophy of this controversial thinker. Chris Sciabarra views Rand's "Objectivism" as a rejection—and affirmation—of key elements in the Russian tradition. Born in Russia during the Silver Age, Rand was educated at Leningrad University and studied with N. O. Lossky. She absorbed a dialectical method of inquiry that profoundly influenced her literary and philosophic project. Her distinctive libertarian synthesis is presented as a major contribution to radical social theory. Ultimately, Sciabarra challenges Rand's followers and critics to reassess her thought and its place in intellectual history. In writing this book, the author conducted original historical research, using materials from the Leningrad archives, interviews with Lossky's descendants and other Russian contemporaries of Rand, and an astounding diversity of sources within the vast written and oral tradition of Objectivism.
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The Passion For Liberty

Author : Tibor R. Machan
ISBN : 0742531031
Genre : Philosophy
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Machan (business ethics and free enterprise, Chapman U.) champions individual rights as the fundamental basis of society, defending libertarianism in terms accessible to lay readers. He does, however, sometimes delve into more technical topics such as consequentialist and rights-based approaches to political issues. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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