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Record Number of People Are Listening to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Washington, D.C., June 22, 2009–The Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights and the media have been reporting on the surge in sales of Ayn Rand’s classic novel Atlas Shrugged over the last six months. Not surprisingly, sales of the Atlas Shrugged audio book are also making impressive gains. According to Blackstone Audio, one of the publishers of the full text audio edition of Atlas Shrugged, 16,000 audio copies of the novel were sold in the first five months of 2009, compared to around 20,000 in all of 2008. “This is a huge increase,” noted Dr. Yaron Brook, executive director of… Read More »Record Number of People Are Listening to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand Playboy Interview

From the introduction: That any novel should set off such a chain reaction is unusual; that “Atlas Shrugged” has done so is astonishing. For the book, a panoramic novel about what happens when the “men of the mind” go on strike, is 1168 pages long. It is filled with lengthy, sometimes complex philosophical passages; and it is brimming with as many explosively unpopular ideas as Ayn Rand herself. Despite this success, the literary establishment considers her an outsider. Almost to a man, critics have either ignored or denounced the book. She is an exile among philosophers, too, although “Atlas” is as… Read More »Ayn Rand Playboy Interview

Ayn Rand’s Novel Atlas Shrugged Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List

Washington, D.C., March 18, 2009–Earlier this year Ayn Rand’s prophetic novel Atlas Shrugged was selling at triple the rate it sold at in the beginning of 2008. Now the novel is soaring to even greater heights, and its trade paperback edition is currently in first place in the Classics category on’s best-seller list for sales in the United States. The 50th anniversary mass-market paperback edition of Atlas Shrugged ranks as #2 and the trade paperback Centennial edition ranks as #3. For several weeks Atlas Shrugged has been holding steady in the top 10 best-sellers in the broader United States… Read More »Ayn Rand’s Novel Atlas Shrugged Tops Amazon’s Bestseller List

Is Rand Relevant?

Yaron Brook, president and executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, had this to say in today’s WSJ on the relevance of the 20th century American philosopher’s teachings for the world today: Ayn Rand died more than a quarter of a century ago, yet her name appears regularly in discussions of our current economic turmoil. Pundits including Rush Limbaugh and Rick Santelli urge listeners to read her books, and her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged,” is selling at a faster rate today than at any time during its 51-year history. There’s a reason. In “Atlas,” Rand tells the story of the U.S.… Read More »Is Rand Relevant?

Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis

Washington, D.C., February 23, 2009–Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” have almost tripled over the first seven weeks of this year compared with sales for the same period in 2008. This continues a strong trend after bookstore sales reached an all-time annual high in 2008 of about 200,000 copies sold. “Americans are flocking to buy and read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ because there are uncanny similarities between the plot-line of the book and the events of our day” said Yaron Brook, Executive Director at the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. “Americans are rightfully concerned about the economic crisis and government’s increasing… Read More »Sales of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” Soar in the Face of Economic Crisis

Radio: Special Edition of G. Gordon Liddy Show on Ayn Rand

RadioAmerica’s G. Gordon Liddy is devoting a special broadcast of his nationally syndicated three-hour talk radio show to Ayn Rand, her philosophy, and understanding the current state of events through the lens of Objectivism. The broadcast will air live on Monday, November 17, 2008, beginning at 10 AM, Eastern Standard Time. The Ayn Rand Center’s Yaron Brook, Onkar Ghate, Elan Journo, Thomas Bowden and Eric Daniels will be the exclusive guests for this extended broadcast. They will discuss the financial crisis, Bush’s claimed defense of capitalism, today’s challenges to free speech, and the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other… Read More »Radio: Special Edition of G. Gordon Liddy Show on Ayn Rand

Rational Egoism in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

In The Fountainhead, novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand fully dramatizes the moral theory of rational egoism–the theory which holds that it is each person’s responsibility to choose his goals and values by use of his independent reasoning mind; and that it is his right to pursue these goals in quest of his own selfish, personal happiness. Put another way, conscientious adherence to one’s best rational judgment is the only appropriate means by which to live a fully human life–and success, creative achievement and personal happiness are its proper goals and ends. The theme of the novel is the virtue of independence in… Read More »Rational Egoism in Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead

Sales of Ayn Rand Books Reach 25 million Copies

Irvine, CA—Since the publication of Ayn Rand’s first novel, We the Living, 72 years ago, sales of her books increased exponentially, having recently reached the mark of 25 million copies, a staggering figure considering the length of her two major novels and the philosophical nature of their themes and ideas. We the Living, whose theme Ayn Rand described as “the supreme value of a human life and the evil of a totalitarian state that claims the right to sacrifice it,” had a small initial printing of three thousand copies. The novel, which tells the story of three individuals facing an… Read More »Sales of Ayn Rand Books Reach 25 million Copies

BB&T Gifts with Ayn Rand Requirements Draw Criticism from Anti-Capitalist Academics

From the Myrtle Beach Sun News —  BB&T gifts with Ayn Rand requirements draw criticism at schools: Recommended Reading: Hostile-To-Reason Academics Fear Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged by Craig BiddleAre the sweating academics concerned that students who read Atlas will no longer fall for the canards of skepticism, mysticism, and collectivism?Charlotte Observer Editorial Opposes Academic Freedom Regarding BB&T Grants by Craig BiddleFor the Charlotte Observer to suggest that BB&T somehow has or seeks the final say regarding the content of university curricula is absurd.

BB&T Donates $2 Million for Ayn Rand Research At The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas — BB&T Corporation, one of the nation’s largest banks, has awarded $2 million to the Department of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin to establish the BB&T Chair for the Study of Objectivism. Tara Smith, professor of philosophy, has been named the first holder of the chair. Over 10 years, the gift will support research on Ayn Rand’s philosophy of Objectivism, as well as conferences, workshops, guest lecturers, visiting scholars and research on the moral foundations of capitalism. Smith spearheads Objectivism scholarship in the university’s philosophy department. She has published several articles on Rand’s philosophy and… Read More »BB&T Donates $2 Million for Ayn Rand Research At The University of Texas at Austin

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