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  • Hardcover: 290 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (28 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312590733
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312590734
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 3.1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,123,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Think Ayn Rand is marginal? Think again! Gary Weiss's powerful new history inscribes the libertarian firebrand at the very center of the American story of the past three decades. "--David Frum, NY Times bestselling author of "The Right Man" and "Comeback
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""Ayn Rand Nation" is a fascinating exploration of one of the fastest growing and most powerful coalitions in the modern conservative movement. With an unerring eye for detail, Gary Weiss embarks on a journey of discovery that examines the emerging influence of the Tea Party and other political groups that proclaim themselves to be the intellectual progeny of Rand, a crotchety, stubborn and proud purveyor of a philosophy of selfishness. Weiss explores this emerging cultural phenomenon with the even-handed and objective techniques of a sociologist, revealing that these activists are no unified bloc of believers, but are divided between absolutists dedicated to scholarly study of Rand, and fly-by-night devotees who pick-and-ch

"Gary Weiss brings his skeptical bent and sharp writing to a character who has inspired both fanatical belief and deep derision for decades: Ayn Rand. The book is a compelling journey of discovery about a woman who continues to exert a powerful hold over our society. Weiss shows how Rand is ultimately quite a bit more complicated than either her fans or her detractors would have it."--Bethany McLean, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "All the Devils Are Here"

""Ayn Rand Nation "is a fascinating exploration of one of the fastest-growing and most powerful coalitions in American politics. With an unerring eye for detail, Gary Weiss embarks on a journey of discovery that examines the emerging influence of the Tea Party and other political groups that proclaim themselves to be Rand's intellectual progeny. Weiss explores this phenomenon with the evenhanded and objective techniques of a sociologist. If you want to understand the men and women whos

"Meticulously eye-opening... A scrupulous and sobering investigation, vital for our times." --"Kirkus Reviews
""[A] riveting and disturbing inquiry into Ayn Rand's widespread influence on Amerocan economics and politics." --"Publishers Weekly"

"Gary Weiss brings his skeptical bent and sharp writing to a character who has inspired both fanatical belief and deep derision for decades: Ayn Rand. The book is a compelling journey of discovery about a woman who continues to exert a powerful hold over our society. Weiss shows how Rand is ultimately quite a bit more complicated than either her fans or her detractors would have it." --Bethany McLean, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "All the Devils Are Here"

""Ayn Rand Nation "is a fascinating exploration of one of the fastest-growing and most powerful coalitions in American politics. With an unerring eye for detail, Gary Weiss embarks on a journey of discovery that examines the emerging influence of the Tea Party and other political groups that proclaim themselves to be Rand's intellectual progeny. Weiss explores this phenomenon with the evenhanded and objective techniques of a sociologist. If you want to understand the men and women whose vehement voices are reshaping American government, you must read this book." --Kurt Eichenwald, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Informant" and "Conspiracy of Fools"

"The timing of this book couldn't be better for Americans who are trying to understand where in the hell the far-out right's anti-worker, anti-egalitarian extremism is coming from. "Ayn Rand Nation" introduces us to the godmother of such Tea Party craziness as destroying Social Security and eliminating Wall Street regulation. Weiss writes with perception and wit." --Jim Hightower, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "Thieves in High Places"

"Think Ayn Rand is marginal? Think again! Gary Weiss's powerful new history inscribes the libertarian firebrand at the very center of the American story of the past three decades." --David Frum, "New York"" Times" bestselling author of "The Right Man" and "Comeback"

Meticulously eye-opening... A scrupulous and sobering investigation, vital for our times. "Kirkus Reviews"

[A] riveting and disturbing inquiry into Ayn Rand's widespread influence on Amerocan economics and politics. "Publishers Weekly"

Gary Weiss brings his skeptical bent and sharp writing to a character who has inspired both fanatical belief and deep derision for decades: Ayn Rand. The book is a compelling journey of discovery about a woman who continues to exert a powerful hold over our society. Weiss shows how Rand is ultimately quite a bit more complicated than either her fans or her detractors would have it. "Bethany McLean, New York Times bestselling author of The Smartest Guys in the Room and All the Devils Are Here"

"Ayn Rand Nation "is a fascinating exploration of one of the fastest-growing and most powerful coalitions in American politics. With an unerring eye for detail, Gary Weiss embarks on a journey of discovery that examines the emerging influence of the Tea Party and other political groups that proclaim themselves to be Rand's intellectual progeny. Weiss explores this phenomenon with the evenhanded and objective techniques of a sociologist. If you want to understand the men and women whose vehement voices are reshaping American government, you must read this book. "Kurt Eichenwald, New York Times bestselling author of The Informant and Conspiracy of Fools"

The timing of this book couldn't be better for Americans who are trying to understand where in the hell the far-out right's anti-worker, anti-egalitarian extremism is coming from. "Ayn Rand Nation" introduces us to the godmother of such Tea Party craziness as destroying Social Security and eliminating Wall Street regulation. Weiss writes with perception and wit. "Jim Hightower, New York Times bestselling author of Thieves in High Places"

Think Ayn Rand is marginal? Think again! Gary Weiss's powerful new history inscribes the libertarian firebrand at the very center of the American story of the past three decades. "David Frum, New York Times bestselling author of The Right Man and Comeback"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Gary Weiss is a journalist and the author of two books probing the underside of finance, "Wall Street Versus America" and "Born to Steal." He was an award-winning investigative reporter for "BusinessWeek, " and his articles have appeared in "Conde Nast Portfolio, " "Parade" magazine, "Salon," and "The New York Times," among other publications. He lives in New York City." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
This well-researched and even handed book is a chilling account of the resurgence of Ayn Rand's extreme rightwing Objectivist 'philosophy' which exerts a powerful influence on Wall Street, the Republican Party and its presidential candidates.
Basically the tenets of Ayn Rand's Objectivist doctrine are:

No government except the police, courts of law and the armed services.
No regulation of anything by any government.
No Medicare or Medicaid.
No Social Security.
No public schools or public anything.

'Ayn Rand Nation' is a revealing and timely book that should be read by anyone interested in where America could be heading.
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By JHvW on 7 Sept. 2012
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The book came quickly and as promised. It is not available in the Netherlands yet, so buying this in the UK, at the offered price was defenitely a good buy. Would buy from this seller again. As the book was bought as a gift for an American friend who introduced me to the writings of Ayn Rand in University, I have not read the book.
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