Both admirers of Ayn Rand's writing, the author and his wife joined the Collective, a circle of intellectuals that included Rand and her husband. Then, despite a 25-year age difference and the fact that they were both married, Nathaniel and Ayn embarked on a passionate affair Atlas Shrugged and the creation of the Nathaniel Branden Institute. ...Read MoreBoth admirers of Ayn Rand's writing, the author and his wife joined the Collective, a circle of intellectuals that included Rand and her husband. Then, despite a 25-year age difference and the fact that they were both married, Nathaniel and Ayn embarked on a passionate affair Atlas Shrugged and the creation of the Nathaniel Branden Institute. Photos.Read Less
New. Ayn Rand's novels and philosophy have been the object of widespread popular interest since the 1950s. After her death in 1982, there was a spate of biographical and critical interest; her popularity continues with a U.S. postage stamp and a television documentary, both scheduled for this spring. These two books offer divergent perspectives on Rand, her followers, and the Objectivist movement. Branden (The Art of Living Consciously, LJ 3/1/97) offers a revised version of his 1989 memoir. A personal account of his intellectual and romantic relationship with Rand and their famous break, it is useful for its insider's view of the Objectivist movement and may appeal to those interested in gossipy details of the protagonists' lives. While objectivity isn't expected in an insider's account, this memoir nonetheless lacks critical distanceAeven after nearly 50 yearsAand is marred by plodding narrative and wooden dialog. Canadian journalist Walker makes a more valuable and original contribution to Rand studies. He analyzes the Objectivist movement, Rand's leadership role, and the politics of her inner circle in terms of the cult dynamic. This analytical perspective avoids the common extremes of hagiography and vilification that mark many accounts of Rand's schismatic movement. Walker also does a credible job of placing Rand's ideas in the context of philosophies that preceded and followed her, and it offers insightful chapters on three of her major followers: Branden, Leonard Peikoff, and Alan Greenspan. His account is well researched and clearly written, though it is sometimes weighed down by an unsynthesized accumulation of detail. A solid contribution to 20th-century intellectual history. AJulia Burch, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA. NEW COPY, LITTLE TRACES OF WEAR. FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WITH PROMPT SERVICE, BUBBLE WRAP.
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