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Female Force: Ayn Rand Paperback – June 28, 2011

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"Bluewater Productions creates intelligent, well-examined biographies of authors and stars as well as political and historic figures. If readers are looking for factual insights, relevant information, and terrific art, these books are a great source." Anne Elizabeth Columnist RT Book Reviews Mag

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About the Author

John Blundell is Director-General of London's Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which was recently described by the BBC's Andrew Marr as "undoubtedly the most influential think tank in modern British history". He has known Margaret Thatcher since 1970 and has met her in every post she has had since then (and many times since she resigned from public office).Educated in the UK, he spent over a decade working in the United States and has homes in London and the Allegheny Mountains. He is on the Board of Directors of three major US conservative groups.
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Product Details

  • Series: Female Force
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Bluewater Productions (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450749240
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450749244
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,533,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This comic book is misleading in many ways.

First of all it has an advertisement for PETA, an organization which puts animals before humans.

Such a concept is totally opposite to what Ayn Rand, the champion of rational man, valued. It seems that PETA is trying to ride on the coattails of the benevolence Ayn Rand created with us who are rational.

Secondly it pretends to be supported by the Ayn Rand Institute by mentioning a collaboration with some unknown non-existing Ayn Rand Foundation. It is not supported by ARI.

Don't buy this if you believe in reason and have the integrity to live by it 100%.

UPDATE: The Ayn Rand Institute just had the publisher remove the PETA ad and replace it with their own ad. So all is well and I'll change my rating accordingly.
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(Reviewed by GEN LAGRECA) Bluewater Comics scored a big hit with this new addition to its series on notable women. Written by economist and Margaret-Thatcher-biographer John Blundell and illustrated by Todd Tennant, this handsome book gives a colorful introduction to the life, work, and ideas of the great female force in the battle for reason, individualism, and capitalism.

The book artistically enhances some of the famous photographs of Ayn Rand to create striking images. The glowing skin and vibrant eyes of the illustrations capture the inner passion and intelligence of the novelist/philosopher.

Key scenes from Ayn Rand's novels and plays are dramatically portrayed in full-page layouts that give readers a taste of her provocative stories and ideas. For example, there's a scene in which a man holds a woman in his arms in a remote valley with mountains on one side and an industrial plant on the other, and with a credo hanging from a sign on the building: "I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." After reading the comic, readers will want to grab a copy of her novel ATLAS SHRUGGED to understand the full meaning of that romantic and philosophically intriguing scene. And readers who are already familiar with her works will enjoy the visual depictions of them.

The book also chronicles the compelling personal story of how young Ayn fled from the oppressive collectivism of Soviet Russia to become America's champion of individualism. One page shows how, as the Soviets are expropriating her family's property, young Ayn is discovering another world, of Aristotle and logic, displaying her remarkable intellectual independence at an early age.
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The writing is a bit simplistic, but it accurately paints the broad strokes of Ayn Rand's life and captures the essential motivating elements of her philosophy. There is some effective use of direct quotes from her work as well as some interesting collage work. However, I do not enjoy the style of some of the images as the lighting on the figures was a bit fuzzy with a "soap opera" soft focus. Overall, it is not the most brilliant piece of graphic writing, but it is a pleasure to see Rand's work being presented honestly within the medium.
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I have been a follower of Ayn Rand since the sixties, but still learned facts about her life from Female Force: Ayn Rand. I also purchased a copy for a friend who is just starting to get into Objectivism and it was well received. I will probably order at least one more; sometimes a short, concise presentation will be read when a longer book might not. And, it may lead to an interest in reading further.
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The Female Force graphic novel series has covered influential women "who are shaping modern history and culture," So, I've talked about my obsession with educational comics here before. I love comics as an art form and a communication tool. And I love following Blue Water Comics' Female Force series, in which the biographies of famous women are told in words and pictures. The series really shines with its political figure titles, which offer a balanced look at their subject matter. And that has to do with Neal Bailey, who authored most of them. Aside from the Female Force titles, they're releasing other biographical series that make for interesting reading. Loved learning about Randin this different format! The writer I found out used to work for Margaret Thatcher!
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