- Paperback: 488 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (June 2, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0595351530
- ISBN-13: 978-0595351534
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,638,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Frederick Cookinham, 51, offers a series of walking tours called Ayn Rand?s New York. He has been observing the Objectivist and libertarian movements for thirty-seven years, and has written for several movement magazines. He lives in Queens, New York with his wife, Belen. Visit his website, www.centurywalkingtours.com for more information.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book contains well written explanations of Rand's concepts together with mention of movies and books by other authors that have tie-ins. I will be reading a few of the cited books in the future.
I also enjoyed the historical blurbs, particularly regarding New York City history and numerous comments about George Washington. I happen to read a lot about both Washington and Rand and was pleasantly surprised to find both featured in the same book.
My only criticism is that I cannot understand how the author can advocate the "non-aggression principle" of Objectivism while praising labor unions at the same time.
John Christmas, author of "Democracy Society"
This book is different.
The Age of Rand assumes at least a working knowledge of Rand's works on the reader's part; to quote from the introduction, "Relating, integrating, finding the connections--between Rand's past, present and future, her place in the long perspective of history--that is the purpose of this book." The author takes Rand's vision and runs with it -- in a number of different directions, speculating on how a future world in which Rand's ideas have been widely or universally adopted might look.
But wait -- there's more. This "speculation" about such a future isn't simply fanciful fantasizing based on utopian dreams, but is grounded in a broad and thorough knowledge of history, and is well supported with examples from past events and long-term trends. The book also includes excellent arguments in support of Objectivism, and provides a great deal of practical advice on how to get to the "Age of Rand".
Some of the treats in store for the reader: a superb analysis of the true nature of altruism; and a fascinating synthesis of the minarchist position and the anarchist position guaranteed to generate intense discussion.
The book is beautifully written, with a richness, depth, and clarity that make the reading a pleasure. The author doesn't hesitate to criticize Rand where criticism is called for, and certainly doesn't hesitate to improve on the master's work. But such criticisms and improvements are in the details, not in the essentials. Running through every chapter is Cookinham's quiet, steady passion for Rand's vision for life as it might be and ought to be.
Mr. Cookinham, a native of New York City, a student and participant in the Objectivist movement for some thirty years, and the originator of an Ayn Rand-oriented walking tour in NYC, is ideally equipped to explain what Ayn Rand and Objectivism is all about.
Based on his first-hand knowledge of both the philosophy and the movement(s) that developed around it, Mr. Cookinham explains what has attracted so many people, how some have successfully applied Objectivist principles to further their life and careers, and also why a vocal minority instead descended into factionalism and other infighting.
But above the description of the philosophy and the colorful personalities (in addition to Ayn Rand) that developed and/or were attracted to it, the author goes on to develop some intriguing speculations on what the future might hold for this dynamic philosophy. He offers some optimistic (and some not-so-optimistic) scenarios on where Objectivism may be heading and the effects that its continued growth may have on the culture.
But it is this thought-provoking focus on "imagining an Objectivist future world" that makes this book stand out and sets it apart from all the other published surveys of Ayn Rand and her ideas. This is a first-rate achievement!