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Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand is one of the rare writers who not only drew in readers with her novels, but created a philosophical movement with them. Her seminal Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, cornerstones of her individualistic Objectivist world view, can be viewed as literature, self-empowerment texts, or both.

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Ayn Rand
Also Known As:
Alice Rosenbaum (real name)
Date of Birth:
February 2, 1905
Place of Birth:
St. Petersburg, Russia
Date of Death:
March 6, 1982
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd, 1924

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								Atlas Shrugged, Author: 
								Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff.

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Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
Rand's most popular novel propels her Objectivist philosophy through the story of Dagny Taggart, a railroad executive who struggles to run her company despite bureaucratic red tape and the strange disappearance of competent workers. Suspense author Nelson DeMille says it's the book that most influenced his life: "It was a relief to discover that there was an existing philosophy that spoke to my half-formed beliefs and observations."

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								We the Living, Author: 
								Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff.
*  We the Living (1936)
*  Anthem (1938)
*  The Fountainhead (1943)
*  Atlas Shrugged (1957)
*  For the New Intellectual (1961)
*  Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal (1966)
*  The Voice of Reason: Essays in Objectivist Thought (1989)

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								The Fountainhead, Author: 
								Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff.

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The Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff
Rand fans are divided over whether this novel or Atlas Shrugged is the best representation of Rand; nonetheless, the novel charting the tribulations and triumph of uncompromising, beleagured architech Howard Roark remains an American classic.

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								Letters of Ayn Rand, Author: 
								Ayn Rand, Michael S.  Berliner (Editor).

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Letters of Ayn Rand
by Ayn Rand, Michael S. Berliner (Editor)
This collection of letters spanning more than 55 years of Rand's life offers glimpses of her evolution from poor immigrant to screenwriter, novelist and philosopher with correspondents ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright to Mickey Spillane.

*Journals of Ayn Rand  by David Harriman (Editor)
*The Ayn Rand Lexicon: Objectivism from A to Z  by Harry Binswanger (Editor)