A quick introduction, my name is Kenneth Gillett and I am helping author Anne C. Heller get the word out about her new book Ayn Rand and the World She Made. As you probably know, Ayn Rand is best known as the author of the hugely bestselling novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged.
The novels have attracted three generations of readers, helped shape the Libertarian movement, and influenced government policies throughout the Reagan and Bush years. Rand remains a powerful force in the political perceptions of million of Americans today. Yet twenty-five years after her death, her readers know little about her life.
In this major biography, Anne C. Heller traces the controversial author’s life from her childhood in Russia to her years as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the publication of her blockbuster novels, and the rise and fall of the cult that formed around her in the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout, Anne reveals previously unknown facts about Rand’s history, rise to fame, and personal life; she looks at Rand with fascinating new research and a fresh perspective.
The book goes on sale today, so we are really trying to do all we can to help support it.
All the best-
P.S. Check out the book’s website at http://knopfdoubleday.com/aynrand/.
“Anne C. Heller has given us a great gift: an engaging, important biography of Ayn Rand, a quietly ubiquitous yet little-understood architect of the way we live now.” —Jon Meacham, author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Biography
“Almost 30 years after her death, Ayn Rand remains one of the most polarizing icons to tumble out of one of history’s most polarizing centuries. Heller’s biography promises what might well be a first: an impartial portrait—not of a revolutionary supergenius or a cultish fraud, but of a complex woman, born in Russia, who went on to create a dubiously powerful American mythology.” —New York Magazine
“This objective account of the Objectivist Rand will interest her still large and devoted readership." —Publishers Weekly
“Anne C. Heller has written a riveting, massively researched biography of the self styled ‘radical for capitalism’ Ayn Rand. Heller documents how Rand’s novels The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged became virtual bibles for the followers of Objectivism, Rand’s controversial philosophy, and she vividly dramatizes the passionate battles that ensued within Rand’s cult. This is a fascinating study of a fascinating and implacable woman; it’s a major work.”
—Patricia Bosworth, author of Diane Arbus: A Biography