Capitalism The Unknown Ideal

ISBN-10: 0451147952
ISBN-13: 9780451147950
Edition: 2008
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Book details

List price: $8.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/15/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330

Ayn Rand, 1905 - 1982 Novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand was born Alice Rosenbaum on February 2, 1905 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She graduated with highest honors in history from the University of Petrograd in 1924, and she came to the United States in 1926 with dreams of becoming a screenwriter. In 1929, she married actor Charles "Frank" O'Connor. After arriving in Hollywood, Rand was spotted by Cecil B. DeMille standing at the gate of his studio and gave her a job as an extra in King of Kings. She also worked as a script reader and a wardrobe girl and, in 1932, she sold Red Pawn to Universal Studios. In the 1950's, she returned to New York City where she hosted a Saturday night group she called "the collective." It was also during this time that Rand received a fan letter from a young man, Nathaniel Branden. She was impressed with his letter, and she wrote him back. Her correspondence with him eventually led to an affair that lasted over a decade. He became her chief spokesperson and codified the principles of her novels into a strict philosophical system (objectivism) and founded an institute bearing his name. Their affair ended in 1968 when Branden got involved with another one of Rand's disciples. According to Rand, people are inherently selfish and act only out of personal interest making a selfish act, a rational one. It is from this belief that her characters play out their lives. Rand's first novel was "We the Living" (1936) and was followed by "Anthem" (1938), "The Fountainhead" (1943), and "Atlas Shrugged" (1957). All four of her novels made the top ten of the controversial list of the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. On March 6, 1982, Ayn Rand died in her New York City apartment.

Introduction
Theory and History
What Is Capitalism?
The Roots of War
America's Persecuted Minority: Big Business
Antitrust
Common Fallacies About Capitalism
Gold and Economic Freedom
Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise
The Effects of the Industrial Revolution on Women and Children
The Assault on Integrity
The Property Status of Airwaves
Patents and Copyrights
Theory and Practice
Let Us Alone!
Current State
The Anatomy of Compromise
Is Atlas Shrugging?
The Pull Peddlers
"Extremism," or the Art of Smearing
The Obliteration of Capitalism
Conservatism: An Obituary
The New Fascism: Rule by Consensus
The Wreckage of the Consensus
The Cashing-in: The Student Rebellion
Alienation
Requiem for Man
Appendix: Man's Rights
The Nature of Government
Recommended Bibliography
Index

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