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  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Lexington Books (January 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739131958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739131954
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,593,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Freelance writer Podritske and author Schwartz (The Foreign Policy of Self-Interest) have selected 32 lectures and interviews from the 60-year career of writer and conservative philosopher Ayn Rand (1905-1982), founder of objectivism, beginning with her first interview in 1923, on the Depression ("Americans... don't even know what a depression is"), when the Russian émigré had just sold her first story to Universal Studios. Rand's 1943 novel Fountainhead catapulted her to success (amplified by the release of a film version) that was solidified in 1957 by her 1100-page magnum opus Atlas Shrugged. Both novels and later non-fiction were conceived as vehicles for "objectivism," a laissez-faire world-view based around the ethics of "rational self-interest" (a more familiar iteration might be "Greed is Good"); among her followers were Leonard Peikoff and a young Alan Greenspan. Though she knew hers was "an extreme and unpopular viewpoint," she was a tireless advocate for "full, unregulated, uncontrolled capitalism," and a harsh opponent of conservatives who "tie their political views to religion." With transcripts from speeches, television appearances, radio shows and more, this will no doubt please Rand's fans and provide a great resource for students.
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Author and philosopher Rand was generally reluctant to grant interviews because she thought they didn’t provide enough time and leeway to explain her philosophy of objectivism, that “reality exists as an objective absolute” that can be perceived through reason. After the success of The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), Rand did go on to grant several interviews. This collection of 32 print interviews and transcripts of radio and television interviews from the 1940s until 1981 offers a fascinating conversation on objectivism, though Rand herself continually refers to her novels for a more in-depth perspective. Part 1 of this collection includes Rand’s first-known interview at age 27 and focuses on her life as a Russian immigrant; part 2 features interviews at Columbia University from 1962 to 1966; part 3 features several televised interviews, including talks with Mike Wallace in 1959 and Rand’s last public appearance in an interview with Louis Rukeyser in 1981. Given her influence on American culture, including the thinking of former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, readers will find this a particularly topical review of Rand’s highly individualistic philosophy. --Vanessa Bush --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Paul Beaird on February 4, 2009
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This book, published some 26 years after Ayn Rand's death, was not intended to be an introduction to her philosophical thought, but it turns out to be just that.
After the publication of her inspiring novel Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, novelist and philosopher, was invited many times to be interviewed on television, at universities, and on radio. The audio and video versions of those interviews have long been available from scattered sources. Here they are gathered togerher and edited by the excellent hands of Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz (former Chairman of the Ayn Rand Institute, [...]
The editors include 3 interviews of Ayn Rand in her early days in America, while in the movie industry, which have not been available before. The "On Campus" interviews are organized by subject, covering Rand's Objectivist philosophy vx. Conservatism, the topid of "extremism", anti-capitalist myths, Rand's view on the American Constitution and the political structure of a free society. She speaks on a quiet subject that is coming to make all the difference in this country, objective law. She speaks on what should be America's free press, education, her views on Romantic literature vs. Naturalism, the visual arts, her favorite play and paintings (some surprises here!). She advances a theory of humor, then gets into the heavier areas of ethics, its foundations, its sabotage by altruism, individual rights as the bridge to politics.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RagnarsRepos on February 4, 2009
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I'm half way through this fascinating new book edited by Marlene Podritske and Peter Schwartz. It is a collection of interviews covering the time period from the 1940s through 1981. This intellectual tour de force covers a wide range of subjects. AR's laser focus and lighting quick logic are revealed in a manner that makes me marvel at her ability and appreciate her from a new vantage point. Buy it!
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By James on February 15, 2014
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Rand is always a pleasure to read, in her own words, and this book does a great job presenting things she's said that you won't find elsewhere.
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