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Ayn Rand Explained
From Tyranny to Tea Party
Ronald E. Merrill, Revised and Updated by Marsha Familaro Enright
Volume 10 in the Ideas Explained™ series
Ayn Rand (1905–1982) is unique in human history. Scorned by the established critics, she wrote brilliant popular novels that have become permanent best-sellers, and founded a comprehensive philosophical and cultural movement which, decades after her death, is shaking the foundations of the post–New Deal American political order.
Ayn Rand Explained gives a comprehensive survey of Rand’s wide-ranging contributions: her literary techniques; her espousal and then rejection of Nietzschean philosophy; her contradictory attitude to feminism; her dismissal of religious faith; her forays into ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics; the development of her political creed; her influence on—and yet hostility to—both conservatism and libertarianism.
“Ayn Rand is in the news now more than ever—but the media consistently misunderstands her. Read Ayn Rand Explained for a thorough and clear introduction to her ideas!”
—Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
“Ayn Rand Explained takes us on an exciting exploration of Rand’s provocative worldview and expertly traces its huge contemporary impact on politics, economics, art, and culture. Marsha Familaro Enright provides much new information and probing, in-depth analysis. A surprising, intriguing take on a controversial writer.”
—Chris Matthew Sciabarra, author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical
“I immensely enjoyed reading Ayn Rand Explained. Packed with fascinating information, much of it new, the book is a real page turner—and a reminder of why Rand’s novels are continuously making their way onto best-seller lists.”
—Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
The late Ronald E. Merrill, a graduate of MIT and the University of Oregon, was a scientist-entrepreneur who ran his own business in the Los Angeles area. He wrote books on venture capital and sundry articles on science, business, and politics.
Marsha Familaro Enright is President of the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, which provides innovative seminars for high school and college students around the world. She has published articles related to Ayn Rand’s ideas in The Daily Caller, Journal of Ayn Rand Studies, Montessori Leadership, New Individualist, and Objectivity.