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By Anne Conover Heller

Ayn Rand is healthier often called the writer of the perennially bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. Altogether, greater than 12 million copies of the 2 novels were bought within the usa. The books have attracted 3 generations of readers, formed the origin of the Libertarian flow, and encouraged White condo financial rules through the Reagan years and past. A passionate suggest of laissez-faire capitalism and person rights, Rand is still a strong strength within the political perceptions of american citizens at the present time. but twenty-five years after her demise, her readers be aware of little approximately her life.

In this seminal biography, Anne C. Heller lines the arguable author’s existence from her adolescence in Russia through the Bolshevik Revolution to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the book of her blockbuster novels, and the increase and fall of the cult that shaped round her within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. all through, Heller finds formerly unknown proof approximately Rand’s heritage and appears at Rand with new study and a clean viewpoint.

Based on unique learn in Russia, dozens of interviews with Rand’s pals and previous acolytes, and formerly unexamined documents of tapes and letters, AYN RAND AND the area SHE MADE is a entire and eye-opening portrait of 1 of the main major and unbelievable figures of the 20th century.

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Off and on, for the next three and a half years, Rand profited from it and hated it. The school was progressive and well run. Founded in 1889 by Madame M. N. Stoiunina, a renowned educational thinker and a friend of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s wife, and by her husband, V. J. Stoiunin, a noted teacher of Russian and a member of the scholars committee of the Ministry of Public Education, it was conceived as an exemplary school for the Stoiunins’ daughters and the daughters of their literary friends. Its purpose was to balance academic, artistic, and hygienic development.

In the years before she had yet learned much about America, Britain came to symbolize the heroic virtues of her inner universe. It was her “ideal country” at the time, she later said. Then, too, the British officers and the French archaeologist in The Mysterious Valley are unusually analytical for characters in a boy’s adventure story. At every impasse—in the face of terrifying perils—they pause to ask themselves and one another what is the most logical way to proceed. Their insistence on examining every alternative before unerringly deciding on the right one slows down the action comically at times.

This was not the world she was born into. Ayn Rand was born Alissa Zinovievna Rosenbaum, a Russian Jew, on February, 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, then the capital city of the most anti-Semitic and politically divided nation on the European continent. Later, she would say that she loathed everything Russian, and while this was not entirely true—she retained her appetite for Russian classical music and Russian sweets until the end of her life—she hated the passivity, brutality, and primitive religiosity of the Russia of her youth.

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