Ayn Rand chose Leonard Peikoff to be her successor as the spokesman for Objectivism. And in this brilliantly reasoned, thought-provoking work we learn why, as he demonstrates how far America has been detoured from its original path and led down the same road that Germany followed to Nazism. Self-sacrifice, Oriental mysticism, racial "truth," the public good, doing one's duty—these are among the seductive catch-phrases that Leonard Peikoff dissects, examining the kind of philosophy they symbolize, the type of thinking that lured Germany to its doom and that he says is now prevalent in the United States. Here is a frightening look at where America may be heading, a clarion call for all who are concerned about preserving our right to individual freedom.
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About the Author
Leonard Peikoff is the preeminent Ayn Rand scholar writing today. He worked closely with Rand in New York City for thirty years and was designated by her as heir to her estate. He has taught philosophy at several places, including Hunter College and New York University. Dr. Peikoff is the author of The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out and The Cause of Hitler’s Germany. He grew up in Western Canada and now lives in Southern California. He also hosted the national radio talk show "Philosophy: Who Needs It."
Table of ContentsThe Ominous Parallels - Leonard Peikoff Introduction by Ayn Rand
Part One: Theory
1. The Cause of Nazism
2. The Totalitarian Universe
3. Hitler's War Against Reason
4. The Ethics of Evil
5. The Nation of the Enlightenment
6. Kant Versus America
Part Two: Practice
7. United They Fell
8. The Emotionalist Republic
9. The Nazi Synthesis
10. The Culture of Hatred
11. The Killers Take Over
12. Hitler in Power
13. The Concentration Camps
14. America Reverses Direction
15. Convulsion and Paralysis
16. "A Republic - If You Can Keep It"
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The Ominous Parallels is a history book written the way history should be written. Leonard Peikoff focuses on the main cause driving the events behind Hitler and the popularity of Nazism: ideas. He rightly dismisses economic or deterministic causes. He instead traces the philosophical ideas entrenched in Germany by the early 1900s showing how these ideas made Germany rife for the takeover of a man preaching blind allegiance and sacrifice to the state above all else. Peikoff doesn¿t stop there. He then demonstrates how these similar ideas are being preached by the intellectuals in America. To truly understand the causes of Nazism and the way to fight the ideas that led to it, and could lead to further destruction in the future, this book is a must read.
This is an incredible book in that it compares the political situation in America today with that of pre-WWII Germany. It debunks the popular myths regarding why Hitler was able to gain political control over Germany, and shows how America is headed down a similar path. The good news is that the author details how this progression can be stopped.
Simply put, this is the book that explains why the Holocaust happened. I have read several that had the same aspiration but this is the one.
Ominous Parallels is a transforming book on the understanding of the philosophy related to pre-WWII Nazi Germany. It demonstrates how Hitler and the Nazi regime were able to manipulate the minds of average people and vilify the Jewish community. It also reveals a stark comparison to the political and social views that are being thrust upon the American people today. Although it does not have a positive Christian view point, I would highly recommend this book to everyone!! It may cause you to look at our government and politicians in another, not so flattering, light.
I read this book during a recent hospital stay and must say it helped pass the time. I believe that this book is one of the most important books i have ever read.