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David Hume Kennerly/Gerald R. Ford Library
At the Oval Office, 1974. From left are Rose Goldsmith, mother of Alan Greenspan; President Ford; Greenspan; Rand; and her husband, Frank Oâ€™Connor.
Ayn Rand’s Revenge
Atlas Shrugged was published 52 years ago, but in the Obama era, Rand’s angry message is more resonant than ever before. Sales of the book have reportedly spiked. At tea parties and other conservative protests, alongside the Obama-as-Joker signs, you will find placards reading Atlas Shrugs and Ayn Rand Was Right.
Even today, Rand’s books sell hundreds of thousands of copies a year. Heller reports that in a poll in the early 90s, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Book of the Month Club, Americans named ‚Atlas Shrugged‘ the book that had most influenced their lives, second only to the Bible.
AYN RAND AND THE WORLD SHE MADE
By Anne C. Heller
Illustrated. 567 pp. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday. $35