May 13, 10
Read from April 23 to May 13, 2010
What a marvelous horror was Ayn Rand.
A perfect storm of fearsome intelligence and narcissism in the form of a small, dark-eyed, russian/jewish emigree who arrived in America, alone, in 1926 and set out to conquer the dreams denied to her in Communist Russia.
She hammered out her philosophy of Objectivism and created heroes in books that gradually inspired a cult following (literally)that included, among others, former Chairman of The Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan; and then gathered that following to populate the physical world around her - she became the hero-gods she had described in her stories. A tyrannical god over all who personally submitted to the magic of her mind.
Heller's book paints an amazing picture of Rand and all of her facets through the years, admirable and distasteful; writer, philosopher, wife, lover. Creator. Judge and jury. Beleagured saint of the capitalist cause and evangelist of the virtues of individual selfishness.