Goddess of the Market

Goddess of the Market

Ayn Rand and the American Right

Book - 2009
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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 toRand'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 aperennial 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 andintellectuals, 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.This extraordinary book captures the life of the woman who was a tireless champion of capitalism and the freedom of the individual, and whose ideas are still devoured by eager students, debated on blogs, cited by political candidates, and promoted by corporate tycoons.
Publisher: Oxford, England ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9780195324877
0195324870
Characteristics: 369 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.

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msemos
Nov 01, 2015

a selfish evil woman revealed. the tone of the book is neutral but her thoughts and actions speak for themselves. all republicans and libertarians should have to read this.

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naturalist
Sep 10, 2014

Related article from AlterNet: .... “Her works are treated as gospel by right-wing powerhouses like Alan Greenspan and Clarence Thomas, but Ayn Rand found early inspiration in 1920's murderer William Hickman.” ..... http://www.alternet.org/story/145819/ayn_rand,_hugely_popular_author_and_inspiration_to_right-wing_leaders,_was_a_big_admirer_of_serial_killer

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gramsci
Sep 10, 2014

A thorough whitewash of the nastiness of Rand's personality. Famous hysterical outbursts ie at the public debate between Albert Ellis and Nathaniel Branden are omitted. Her effusive admiration for the sadistic murderer is simply glossed over. An honest and insightful biography of this influential sociopath has yet to be written.

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shariehyder
Jul 01, 2012

A pretty through biography of Ayn Rand. Fascinating!

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