Who Is Ayn Rand?

Two new biographies of Ayn Rand, Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right by Jennifer Burns, and Ayn Rand and the World She Made by Anne C. Heller, are featured in Charles Murray’s review in the Claremont Review of Books:

“Ayn Rand never dwelt on her Russian childhood, preferring to think of herself as wholly American. Rightly so. The huge truths she apprehended and expressed were as American as apple pie. I suppose hardcore Objectivists will consider what I’m about to say heresy, but hardcore Objectivists are not competent to judge. The novels are what make Ayn Rand important. Better than any other American novelist, she captured the magic of what life in America is supposed to be. The utopia of her novels is not a utopia of greed. It is not a utopia of Nietzschean supermen. It is a utopia of human beings living together in Jeffersonian freedom.”

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