From Publishers Weekly
Branden's long, tedious account of his 18-year relationship with Ayn Rand is weighted with self-dramatization. The domineering author of The Fountainhead was 25 years his senior when they met in 1950; both were married yet carried on an affair. Branden writes that in 1968, when Rand discovered he was having an affair with Patrecia Gullison, an actress-model who became his second wife, Rand violently severed their relationship and excommunicated him from the inner circle of the Objectivist movement, of which Branden had been a chief disciple. After Patrecia drowned in 1977, Branden's third wife, Devers, formed a friendship with Rand, who still refused to speak to Branden. As he set tles scores with colleagues here and tests his theory of the psychology of romantic love, he also tests the reader's patience; nevertheless, Rand devotees will likely relish the steamy details of her personal life. Photos.
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...the book provides valuable insights into the life of a great thinker and her followers, warns of the dangers of cultism, points out the positive aspects and hazards of Rand's philosophy, and provides an introduction to Mr. Branden's own significant work on the psychology of self-esteem. Not bad for a story that is often as gripping as, well, an Ayn Rand novel. -- Judge Alex Kozinski, Wall Street Journal
An intensely personal story of the making of a powerful intellectual movement that helped shape the policy changes now rocking the world. the story will appall some, anguish others, and intrigue and excite everyone. -- Martin Anderson, The Hoover Institute
Branden faced up to the issues with really admirable courage and frankness....A quite extraordinary book. -- Colin Wilson, Author of The Outsider
Branden's riveting book has love, philosophy and mystery...an unparalleled investigative memoir about people who have shaped our world view. -- Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration, USC, and author of Why Leaders Can't Lead
It struck me as non-stop theatre. All the ingredients are there: conflict, colorful characters, suspense, and a Greek inevitability of tragedy born of hubris. There are scenes that collect energy and explode just this side of melodrama. There's a nexus of sex nearly dizzying in its permutations-and a confrontation climax to delight the heart of any dramatist. Judgment Day is a novel, a drama, a memoir; and most of all, one suspects, an act of catharsis demanding great courage of its author. -- Dale Wasserman, Playwright and sreenwriter Man of La Mancha, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Judgment Day is the story of an intensely passionate man who loves four very different women, the universe of ideas, and the infinite possibilities of life. Truly stimulating whether or not you care about Ayn Rand, Objectivism or Nathaniel Branden. And if you do care-an incredible feast. -- Jeremy P. Tarcher, President, Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc.
Utterly compelling -- Robin Mather, Detroit News
What a story! It's heroic, romantic, deadly, horrifyng, tender-and I couldn't put it down. -- George Leonard, former Look editor, a founder of the Esalen Institute, and author of Walking on the Edge of the World