- Taschenbuch: 436 Seiten
- Verlag: Jossey-Bass (26. Februar 1999)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0787945137
- ISBN-13: 978-0787945138
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,1 x 3 x 23,2 cm
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My Years with Ayn Rand: The Truth Behind the Myths (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 26. Februar 1999
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"Dr. Branden's account of his complex relationship with theliterary great . . . allows us a fascinating glimpse into thepassions of their lives--intellectual and personal. . . . [It is]not only a memoir of a mythic woman . . . but a chronicle of astirring intellectual commitment to a political morality thatindivudally could only fail." (NAPRA ReView)"What a story! It's heroic, romantic, deadly, horrifying, tender-and I couldn't put it down." (George Leonard, author of TheTransformation and Education and Education and Ecstasy) "Relentlessly revealing. . . the myth of Ayn Rand gives way to afull-sized portrait in contrasting colors, appealing and appalling, potent and paradoxical. . . . it takes a special kind of nerve towrite such a book." (Norman Cousins, author of Head First and TheHealing Heart) "Non-stop theater. All the ingredients are there: conflict, colorful characters, suspense, and a Greek inevitability of tragedyborn of hubris. There's a nexus of sex nearly dizzying in itspermutations." (Dale Wasserman, playwright and screenwriter, Man ofLa Mancha and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest) "Branden plots his relationship with Rand from a psychologicalvantage point, with devastatingly articulate results. . . . Afascinating portrait of Rand and her disciples." (KirkusReviews) "Do you know my greatest reward for 'The Fountainhead?' You." (AynRand to Nathaniel Branden)
Previous Praise for Nathaniel Branden"Relentlessly revealing...the myth of Ayn Rand gives way to a full-sized portrait in contrasting colors, appealing and appalling, potent and paradoxical...it takes a special kind of nerve to write such a book." - Norman Cousins, author of Head First and The Healing HeartAyn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is one of the most influential books of the twentieth century-its popular impact ranked second only to the Bible in a major poll. Millions know Rand as one of this century's great thinkers, writers, and philosophers, yet much about the private Ayn Rand remains shrouded in mystery.Who was Ayn Rand?My Years with Ayn Rand charts the course of the clandestine, tempestuous relationship between the enigmatic author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead and Nathaniel Branden-her young disciple and future pioneer of the self-esteem movement. In this book, discover the real Ayn Rand through the eyes of the man who became her soul mate and shared her passions and philosophical ideals.Their tragic and tumultuous love story began with a letter written by Branden as an admiring teenage fan and Anded, more than twenty years later, with accusations of betrayal and bitter recriminations.My Years with Ayn Rand paints an unforgettable portrait of Ayn Rand-whose ideas, even today, can generate a maelstrom of controversy. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I found the honest tone of Mr. Branden's memoir almost painful in its quest for sincerity. His assessment of Ayn Rand as a great thinker who pointed out the right direction for a new philosophy without perfecting its details is in perfect accord with my own opinion, and his expectations for the future of Objectivism are inspiring.
This memoir makes Ayn Rand very human, neither shying away from her faults nor disguising her virtues, and portrays her philosophical movement equally well, neither pandering to its admirerers nor insulting its detractors despite his own conviction in its basic premises. Objective writing at its finest.
Mr. Branden is remarkably harsh on himself, but I got a strong sense of restraint in his commentary with regard to others who were involved. There's still a large measure of bad feelings over much of what happened, apparently on both sides. The only time I got the sense of true anger from Mr. Branden was in a small section describing how Peikoff published Rand's personal journals. Mr. Branden apparently viewed it as a personal betrayal of Rand for Peikoff to do so, which perhaps it was, but that was only time I got the sense of seeing Mr. Branden's true feelings come through.
The only true complaint I have about the book is technical as opposed content. Mr. Branden seemed intent on relating the forces that led to 'Judgement Day'. Mr. Branden would move to different points in the timeline to describe thse forces. Because of this, I lost track of the chronology of the events at several points.
Its unfortunate that Objectivism was so severely damaged by this twisting of roles and personality conflicts, but in the long run if Objectivism is to become a true force, which I hope and believe it can be, the value of the ideas will overcome the personality clashes.
All in all a wonderful book, and even someone is not interested in Objectivism, this could be an interesting study of how some families can work.