Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Ayn Rand Biography

Finally! -- an Objectivist reviews the book "Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right" by Jennifer Burns.

Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand & the American Right
by Jennifer Burns
New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 384 pp. $27.95 (cloth).
Reviewed by Robert Mayhew
Published in The Objective Standard

[...] Jennifer Burns’s Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right is the first biography to appear since the Brandens’.3 As Burns has no personal ax to grind, is a professor of history, and had nearly unprecedented access to the Ayn Rand Archives, those interested in Rand had reason to expect Burns’s book to tell much about the life and thought—especially the political thought—of the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. And although, in the 21st century, it may be too much to expect an academic biography that “canonizes”4 Rand, it is reasonable to hope for a portrayal that steers clear of vulgarization. Unfortunately, those who have such expectations will be disappointed...