The Passion of Ayn Rand
by Barbara Branden

I am part of the ideal audience for this biography, because I have enjoyed reading all of Rand's writings, have met several Randroids, and have heard from Rothbard stories about the private life of Rand and the Brandens. Barbara Branden makes Rand's strengths and weaknesses clear and shows (perhaps without realizing it) how living by her philosophy messes up one's life. It is ironic that Rand advocated living for joy, yet she was so moralizing that she barred most possible sources of it. She was more of a stoic than an epicurean.

Year Read: 1986

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