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This is the most entertaining book on the history of the libertarian movement ever published. It is wild and reckless and reveals more truth that most people are comfortable hearing. It tells the story of how high ideals can easily turn into fanatical loyalties, ego trips, and institutional corruptions that end in turning those ideals on their heads, not just once but again and again.

The book is Jerome Tuccille’s It Usually Begins with Ayn ...
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Overview

This is the most entertaining book on the history of the libertarian movement ever published. It is wild and reckless and reveals more truth that most people are comfortable hearing. It tells the story of how high ideals can easily turn into fanatical loyalties, ego trips, and institutional corruptions that end in turning those ideals on their heads, not just once but again and again.

The book is Jerome Tuccille’s It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. It starts with the early years of the liberty movement and explains how a theory of life that heralded freedom, creativity, and individualism mutated into a doctrinaire and rigid system of personal and social control. Murray Rothbard left Ayn Rand’s circle to escape this intense control and then started his own group. Thus did Rand inspire the creation of a movement that she ended up hating precisely because of the high value it placed on freedom itself. But that was only the beginning of the factionalism. Every new group meant more opportunities for purges and disciplines and controls. There was the break with the Right, the break with the Left, the break with the extremists and moderates, the break with this group and that. It is a fascinating thing to watch from the point of view of the author, who grows weary of seeing groups repeat the same mistakes again and again.

As one reads the narrative here, one is struck by how strange it is that a movement founded and driven by a concern for human liberty could so easy and so often find itself diverted into endless paths of one or another self-appointed leader attempting but ultimately failing to control the movement. As Roderick Long explains in the introduction to the Laissez Faire Books edition, the book has so much to teach the current generation of liberty lovers, but will they bother reading it and learning from it? Or will history just keep repeating itself?

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015941555
  • Publisher: Laissez Faire Books
  • Publication date: 11/7/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 225
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Jerome Tuccille is the award-winning, best-selling author of more than 25 books covering a wide range of topics. King of Media (originally published with a different title) tells the story of media mogul Barry Diller and his rule over one of the largest entertainment and information kingdoms in the world. This was followed in September 2009 by the award-winning Gallo Be Thy Name, a biography of the Gallo wine empire and its roots in Prohibition. The author's Hemingway and Gellhorn is a biography of Hemingway and his third wife, Martha Gellhorn. It was the subject of a 2012 HBO special starring Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman and was the 2011 Gold Medal Winner for e-books in biography, awarded by the Independent Publishers Association's Jenkins Group. Tuccille's other biographies include Alan Shrugged, an in-depth look at Alan Greenspan; Rupert Murdoch; Trump; and Kingdom: the Story of the Hunts of Texas. His true crime memoir, Gallery of Fools, was optioned for a feature film, and a revised and updated edition was published in December 2010. Tuccille has also written or co-authored several novels, among them The Werewolf of Wall Street and The Double

Tuccille is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, and he has worked in the investment area as a broker and supervisory analyst since 1975. From 1971 to 1973, the author taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and in 1974 he was the Free Libertarian candidate for Governor of New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2012

    Author is a libertarian that dislikes Ayn Rand. Drops the F bomb

    Author is a libertarian that dislikes Ayn Rand. Drops the F bomb 5 times in the sample alone.

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