In It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, Jerome Tuccille takes the reader on a "hilarious romp through the wild and kooky reaches of the libertarian right," according to Publisher's Weekly. Along the way he explodes many myths surrounding leading right-wing heroes, including Ayn Rand, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and many ...
In It Usually Begins With Ayn Rand, Jerome Tuccille takes the reader on a "hilarious romp through the wild and kooky reaches of the libertarian right," according to Publisher's Weekly. Along the way he explodes many myths surrounding leading right-wing heroes, including Ayn Rand, Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ronald Reagan, and many others. He doesn't spare himself from the satirist's pen either, describing in detail his comic run for Governor of New York in 1974-an adventure that ended in near bankruptcy and personal turmoil. "[Tuccille] is damned funny. His book is a quick read; its pages turn quickly. This is pop history, not deep theory, so most of the pauses in the reading are caused by sudden bouts of laughter. What are we to make of a book that, when discussing Rand's comments about pollution, adds, 'Ayn, you sweet, lovable, crazy bitch'? David Friedman wrote in his foreword to the 25th anniversary edition of this book: 'If you are looking for a careful scholarly history of the libertarian movement... you had better look somewhere else. But for a vivid and entertaining picture of the early years of libertarianism, Tuccille's book has no equal.'" --The Colorado Freedom Report--www.freecolorado.com "Jerome Tuccille's classic history of contemporary libertarian politics is as informative as it is entertaining. Tuccille takes the reader along as he tells of his political conversion from Objectivist to Miscellaneous to Anarchist. He blends an element of mockery of the fringe in the political sphere with a genuine care for the people and events. I recommend it to anyone who is already familiar with the Libertarian world but needs a little education on the genesis of it." --freemarket.net "Tuccille has got to be everyone's favorite right wing individualist anarchist." --Library Journal
Fine. Signed by author. Apparetnly unred copy, clean, solid. Notation by previous owner inside front, date and price. Glued binding. 8.5", 201 pg., Author's Note: The dialogue that appears throughout these pages should not be taken as a verbatim replay of dialogue that actually took place. On those occasions when I was present, I have attempted to re-create t spirit rather than the precise letter of conversations that transpired. For other incidents, such as those presented in chapter Two, I have had to rely on information supplied to me by those with firsthand knowledge. From the Introduction: And IT USUALLY BEGINS WITH AYN RAND supplies a healthy dose of the absurd. It's radicalism with a banana peel, a manifesto as written by Groucho that's both a healthy complement to the patient activists in suits and an antidote to the absurdity of modern life. For the impatient freedom-lover, it's a call to arms and a reminder that jihad is probably the way to go. And somewhere in all that it strikes a real chord. I should know, because I'm still fielding the fan mail. -J.D. Tuccille
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