Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right

Paperback | August 10, 2011

byJennifer Burns

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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. One of the Denver Post's Great Reads of 2009 One of Bloomberg News's Top Nonfiction Books of 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, unedite...

Jennifer Burns is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Virginia. A nationally recognized authority on Rand and conservative thought, she has discussed her work on The Daily Show and Book TV and has been interviewed on numerous radio programs.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I. The Education of Ayn Rand, 1905-19431. From Russia to Roosevelt2. Individualists of the World, Unite!3. A New Credo of FreedomPart II. From Novelist to Philosopher, 1944-19574. The Real Root of Evil5. A Round UniversePart III. Who Is John Galt? 1957-19686. Big Sister is Watching You7. Radicals for Capitalism8. Love is Exception MakingPart IV. Legacies9. It Usually Begins with Ayn RandEpilogue: Ayn Rand in American MemoryNotesEssay on SourcesBibliography

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"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 humanbeing, with no attempt to cover up the foibles." --Mises Economics Blog