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  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Revised edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452011256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452011250
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ayn Rand's first novel, We the Living, was published in 1936. With the publication of The Fountainhead in 1943, she achieved spectacular and enduring success. Through her novels and nonfiction writings, which express her unique philosophy, Objectivism, Rand maintains a lasting influence on popular thought.

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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on November 6, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In these essays from the 1960s and early 1970s, Ayn Rand identifies the underlying nihilism of the Left and the student movement of the time. Already back then, she warned of the toxic influence of the left and pointed out that the intellectual battle does not consist of opposing, denouncing or evading, but of exposing and disproving evil ideas and proclaiming a consistent alternative to the left's bankrupt philosophy.

In the essay Apollo and Dionysus, she compares the 1 million people that converged on Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 to witness the launch of Apollo 11 with the 300 000 that gathered at Woodstock on August 15 that year. Rand explores these events in the light of Nietzsche's metaphysical principles of reason and emotion as observed in Greek theatre.

Whilst denying that reason and emotion are irreconcilable antagonists, she shows how the media virtually ignored the one event while blowing the significance of the other out of all proportion. On the one hand, decent people were sharing an event of great achievement and on the other, self-indulgent hedonists behaving like pigs. As she explains so eloquently, it is irrational emotions that drag people down into the mud, and it is reason that lifts us up to the stars.

In the essay The Left: Old And New, Rand predicted that the issue of the environment would be the next big crusade of the Leftists, after Vietnam. In this, as on so many other issues, she was correct and we still have the EnviroNuts with us and they are shriller than ever before with their self-serving tooth fairy tales of global warming.

The short essay "Political Crimes" looks at the dangerous notion that there could be a distinction between political and non-political criminals.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME on August 13, 2007
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In these essays from the 1960s and early 1970s, Ayn Rand identifies the underlying nihilism of the Left and the destructive student movement of the time. Already back then, she warned of the toxic influence of the left and pointed out that the intellectual battle does not consist of opposing, denouncing or evading, but of exposing and disproving evil ideas and proclaiming a consistent alternative to the left's bankrupt philosophy.

In the essay Apollo and Dionysus, she compares the 1 million people that converged on Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 to witness the launch of Apollo 11 with the 300 000 that gathered at Woodstock on August 15 that year. Rand explores these events in the light of Nietzsche's metaphysical principles of reason and emotion as observed in Greek theatre.

Whilst denying that reason and emotion are irreconcilable antagonists, she shows how the media virtually ignored the one event while blowing the significance of the other out of all proportion. On the one hand, decent people were sharing an event of great achievement and on the other, self-indulgent hedonists were behaving like pigs. As she explains so eloquently, it is irrational emotions that drag people down into the mud, and it is reason that lifts us up to the stars.

In the essay The Left: Old And New, Rand predicted that the issue of the environment would be the next big crusade of the Leftists, after Vietnam. In this, as on so many other issues, she was correct and we still have the EnviroNuts with us and they are shriller than ever before with their self-serving fairy tales of global warming/climate change.

The short essay "Political Crimes" looks at the dangerous notion that there could be a distinction between political and non-political criminals.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gregory on May 7, 2014
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During the past few years, I've heard about the genius of Rand, but now I know for certain. My son gave me this book and I'm grateful for it. Ayn Rand has assembled ten essays written between 1965 and 1971. She presents cogent arguments that expose the hypocrisy of the left. She refers to it as the New Left since there was a similar movement during the 20s and 30s. This NEW left refers to the left of the sixties, usually students and student activist leaders, but many of these people are still active today and many of them have taken over the federal government and our institutions of higher learning. That is something to fear!

Rand juxtaposes the differences between ambiguity and morality, collectivism and free enterprise, socialism and liberty, self-serving power grabs and altruism, propaganda and truth, and the ongoing struggle between emotion and reason. She exposes the left for what they are and emphasizes the importance of true liberty and true freedom of speech. I wonder what she would say about the current federal regime, the cover-ups, and the complicity of the mainstream media!

I can recommend this book and will certainly endeavor to read more of Rand's works. The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution
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20 of 29 people found the following review helpful By J. Reynolds on April 23, 2003
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The star of this book is Rand's essay "Apollo and Dionysus," a comparison of the near-simultaneous events Woodstock and the first lunar landing. I was in high school at the time, and I remember the Woodstock explosion that occurred during the school year following the August concert, the remarkable number of classmates who adopted the hippie lifestyle and pretty much stopped doing any work whatever. One guy who'd been a valedictory prospect dropped right off the academic radar, probably due to drugs. Rand's suggestion that Woodstock represented an abandonment of reason is supported by on-scene reports of concert-goers who simply showed up with the clothes on their backs -- no plans for food, water, lodgings or anything, and the fact that concert organizers also neglected such essential considerations. The Woodstock army completely trashed the place, ending up wallowing in a big muddy mess while standing stupidly outside in the rain.
On the other hand, the lunar mission was a sterling example of human achievement driven by rationality, the culmination of the application of brainpower to a problem, and the success which resulted therefrom. Oh certainly, Rand drew (and draws) a lot of fire, but she was absolutely correct in her belief that upgrades of our human condition will only be developed by people who think and act, and not by herds of hippies standing in the rain.
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