Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

by Gary Weiss
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Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul

A provocative examination of Ayn Rand's ideas and her enormous impact on American culture and politics—from Alan Greenspan to the Tea Party.


Thirty years after her death in March 1982, Ayn Rand's ideas have never been more important. In Ayn Rand Nation, Gary Weiss explores the people and institutions that continue to be heavily influenced by Rand's work, particularly in the current political and economic climate. He covers a wide range of subjects, including veterans of Rand’s famed “Collective” of the 1950s; her intellectual heir, Leonard Peikoff, and his adversaries; Rand's permeation of the Tea Party and Libertarian movements; the celebrities who have become her fans and media personalities who promote her views, among them Glenn Beck, John Stossel and Rush Limbaugh; the Rand standard-bearer Congressman Ron Paul and his son Senator Rand Paul; and most importantly, Alan Greenspan and Rand's crucial affect on the man who counseled deregulation of financial markets—with lasting consequences for America today.


From The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged to Rand's lesser-known and misunderstood nonfiction books, Gary Weiss examines the impact of Rand's thinking across our culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312590734
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 02/28/2012
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter One The Believers

Chapter Two The Pre-Objectivist Objectivist 39

Chapter Three The Winners 49

Chapter Four The Banker 65

Chapter Five The Apostates 84

Chapter Six The Secessionist 93

Chapter Seven The Cool Objectivist 108

Chapter Eight The Agitator 124

Chapter Nine The First Teabagger 138

Chapter Ten The Organizer 145

Chapter Eleven The Vaguely Dissatisfied 159

Chapter Twelve The Persuaded 177

Chapter Thirteen The Great Debate 195

Chapter Fourteen The Murray Hill Candidate 209

Chapter Fifteen The Bill for Collection 222

Chapter Sixteen The Prophecy 6

Chapter Seventeen The Vision 248

Epilogue 261

Acknowledgments 267

Notes 269

Index 279

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Ayn Rand Nation: The Hidden Struggle for America's Soul 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
HM2VikingRN More than 1 year ago
Selfishness is not an organizing rinciple for a humane society. Ms Rands hypocrisy has been well documented. Her current followers are just as hypocritical. Buy this book and confront your local conservatives with the truth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The nation is in trouble but not for these reasons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago