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1.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but dishonest, 12 Feb 1999
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This review is from: Ayn Rand Lexicon (Meridian) (Paperback)
This handy volume is actually a pretty good topical assortment of helpful quotations from Ayn Rand's writings. So why do I give it only a single star?
Because this compendium also includes selections from the writings of Leonard Peikoff -- and of no one else. In particular, Nathaniel Branden's writings -- never officially disavowed by the "Objectivist" movement -- have disappeared down the memory hole. FLUSSSSSSSSSH. You'd never know he existed, let alone exercised any major influence on Rand, even though his essays are still reprinted in every copy of _The Virtue of Selfishness_ and _Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal_. (And what happened to all those back issues of _The Objectivist Newsletter_ that Ayn Rand personally approved for publication? Have Branden's articles been snipped out of them too?)
Thankfully, however, Harry Binswanger has excluded the writings of such ARI nonentities as Peter Schwartz. And if he had similarly excluded Peikoff's second-rate stuff, I'd have rated the results more highly.
Mercy, I'd have given it two stars if he'd just been honest enough to entitle it _The Ayn Rand and Leonard Peikoff Lexicon_.
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