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Libertarianism's Eccentric Guru,
This review is from: Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right (Hardcover)
This book certainly merits the attention it has garnered. Nonetheless, I found it curious. Part biography, part intellectual biography, and part intellectual history of the conservative and libertarian movement, the reader it tempted to conclude that Burns has bitten off a bit more than she could chew in the space of 286 pages. Each of these topics could easily fill up a book of this space, so any number of tantalizing questions and insights are left not completely developed. For example we read that Rand had a marked up copy of Herbert Spencer's THE MAN VERSUS THE STATE, but the influence of Spencer on Rand isn't really discussed.
On the other hand, GODDESS OF THE MARKET is well written and adds new details to Rand's life. Burns confirms that Rand was a particularly difficult person, probably made more difficult and eccentric by a lengthy history of Benzedrine use. The revelations about the published versions of Rand's papers and interviews is worth the price of the book.