She was one of the most controversial and influential figures of the 20th century, but her life has never been chronicled by an impartial biographer — until now. More than fifty years after The Fountainead and Atlas Shrugged were written by Ayn Rand, she remains a revered, reviled, and extremely vital force in American intellectual life. Journalist Anne C. Heller makes an important contribution to the ongoing debate about Rand with this masterful biography.
“Ms. Heller has delivered a thoughtful, flesh-and-blood portrait of an extremely complicated and self-contradictory woman.”
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
“Heller does a remarkable job with a subject who was almost cripplingly complex — a real woman starring in her own propaganda film about a propagandist whose propaganda eventually takes over the world.”
—Sam Anderson, New York Magazine
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