Ayn Rand and her philosophical school, Objectivism, have had considerable influence on American popular culture. This is the story of her life. The author aims to show what she was like and how she manipulated her followers. He seeks to answer why she continues to be influential. He argues that the ideas Rand and her followers claimed as her own are not original, but a pastich of those of philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and Herbert Spencer, economists Harriet Martineau and Friedrich Hayek, and 1920s business propaganda.
'Ayn Rand Cult' receives raves from 3 distinguished figures
The back cover of 'The Ayn Rand Cult' displays blurbs of rave reviews from Michael Shermer (editor of SKEPTIC magazine & author of the best-selling 'Why People Believe Weird Things', Martin Gardner (Skeptical Inquirer columnist & author of 'Fads & Fallacies in the Name of Science', 'Science: Good, Bad & Bogus' & numerous other classics) and Dr. Albert Ellis (legendary, best-selling, world-renowned psychologist, originator of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy).