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Ayn Rand and the World She Made


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"New York Times" Notable Book "Groundbreaking...a thoughtful, flesh-and-blood portrait of an extremely complicated and self-contradictory woman."--Janet Maslin, "The New York Times" "Excellent...far more interesting than anything in Rand's novels."--Adam Kirsch, "The New York Times Book Review" "Splendid...Anne Heller crafts a narrative that gains force from its engagement with Rand's writing...without falling into adulation or derision."--T. J. Stiles, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Engrossing...Anne Heller portrays Rand as a woman who was at once a phenomenon of courage and self-determination, a monster of egotism and narcissism, a sharp logician, and a fanatic ideologue."--Francine Prose, Bookforum "Remarkable."--"New York Magazine" "Anne C. Heller, in her skillful life of Rand...paints a detailed and engaging portrait of Rand's interior life."--"The New Republic" "The closest we are likely to get to an objective account of a figure non-admirers would mostly care to ignore. They do so at their peril."--"The New York Observer" "[An] excellent biography.... A comprehensive study, in novelistic detail, of Rand's personal life."--"Time" "Heller is excellent at capturing the loneliness at the center of Rand's (and indeed, any writer's) life. Using original research from Russia, Heller draws a critical but sympathetic thread through Rand's biography, arguing that Rand's insistence on individualism was heavily informed by the anti-Semitism her family faced in pre- and post-revolutionary Russia.... Heller also has a great eye for the contradictions and hypocrisy that ultimately make her subject more approachable.... Heller's account of the figures who helped Rand develop her thought ... helps recover an entire intellectual tradition that has mostly been forgotten."--"The Wilson Quarterly""Famous for her credo of individualism and unbridled capitalism, novelist an

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