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Anne Heller On Ayn Rand’s Days In Hollywood

by @ Sunday, November 22nd, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Books, Individual Liberty

Anne C. Heller, author of Ayn Rand and the World She Made, spoke to the Wall Street Journal about Rand’s days in Hollywood, and dropped a hint about a possible picture deal based on her biography:

My review of Heller’s book can be found here.

Jennifer Burns On Ayn Rand And The Rise Of American Libertarianism

by @ Friday, November 20th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Books, Individual Liberty, Libertarians, Politics

Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right, spoke to Reason.tv recently about her new book:

My review of Burns’ biography can be found here.

The World Of Ayn Rand

by @ Friday, November 20th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Books, Individual Liberty

Ayn Rand died twenty seven years ago, and yet her novels and ideas remain as widely distributed, controversial, and inspiring today as they were when they were first written. Both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged continue to sell hundreds of thousands of copies a year, and when The Modern Library asked readers to name [...]

Barbara And Nathaniel Branden On Ayn Rand

by @ Thursday, November 19th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Individual Liberty, Politics

Outside of her husband Frank O’Connor, and possibly even to a greater extent than he, there were no two people closer to Ayn Rand than Barbara and Nathaniel Branden.
Here they are, in separate interviews, discussing Rand, her ideas, and the movement they were a part of:
Barbara Branden:

Nathaniel Branden:

For me the most interesting part of the [...]

Going Postal On “Going Rogue”

by @ Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Filed under Books, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

Not surprisingly, The New York Times review of Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue: An American Life isn’t exactly positive:
“Going Rogue,” the title of Sarah Palin’s erratic new memoir, comes from a phrase used by a disgruntled McCain aide to describe her going off-message during the campaign: among other things, for breaking with the campaign over its [...]

McCain Campaign Manager: “Going Rogue” Is “Total Fiction”

by @ Sunday, November 15th, 2009. Filed under 2008 Election, Books, John McCain, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

Steve Schmidt is the latest former McCain/Palin staffer to respond to the allegations in Sarah Palin’s new book:
WASHINGTON (CNN) – John McCain’s former presidential campaign manager Steve Schmidt is the latest McCain adviser to cry foul over accusations Sarah Palin has penned in her yet to be released memoir “Going Rogue.”
Excerpts obtained by The Huffington [...]

Sarah Palin Goes Rogue On The Facts

by @ Saturday, November 14th, 2009. Filed under 2008 Election, Books, Credit Crisis, Economics, Elections, Politicos & Pundits, Sarah Palin

It hasn’t even been officially released yet, and it’s already clear that Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue is playing fast and loose with the truth:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sarah Palin’s new book reprises familiar claims from the 2008 presidential campaign that haven’t become any truer over time.
Ignoring substantial parts of her record if not the facts, [...]

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead Of The Modern Libertarian Movement

by @ Friday, November 13th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Book Reviews, Books

There are few figures in the American libertarian movement that gave rise to as much controversy or passion as Ayn Rand. Love her or hate her, it’s hard to find a libertarian who doesn’t have an opinion about the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. For many of us, she was the one who [...]

Palin’s “Going Rogue” Rehabilitation Tour Begins

by @ Friday, November 13th, 2009. Filed under 2008 Election, Books, Elections, John McCain, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Sarah Palin

If the early leaks are any indication, the biggest story that will come out of Sarah Palin’s forth coming book Going Rogue: An American Life will be the war between the Palin camp and the McCain camp over the 2008 campaign:
The rollout for former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s highly anticipated and score-settling memoir began Thursday [...]

Tibor Machan Talks About Ayn Rand

by @ Friday, November 6th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, History, Individual Liberty

From Reason.tv’s series on Ayn Rand libertarian philosopher Ayn Rand talks about Rand and the reasons she rubbed some people the wrong way:

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