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Ayn Rand was only twelve when the Russian Revolution struck, but this brilliant young Jewish girl could not but notice the devastating effects it had on her St. Petersburg family. Her father lost his business; the family fled temporarily to the Crimea; and Rand herself suffered academic setbacks because of the new regime. Anne Heller's Ayn Rand and The World She Made shows how these brutal events irrevocably shaped the subsequent life of the novelist/philosopher. Her signature credos of individualism and unmitigated self-determination imbued not only The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, but, as Heller notes, her marital life. Within her group (which include the youthful Alan Greenspan), however, Rand sometimes resembled a Stalinist dictator, exacting obedience and loyalty even about relatively small matters. This breakthrough biography places Rand in a sharp new light. Now in paperback.