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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