On Ayn Rand
by Allan Gotthelf

Summary: This little paperback (97 pages), published in the year 2000, is part of a Wadsworth Philosophers Series. Written by an expert on the subject, the book showcases Ayn Rand's philosophical development and her heroic view of man, introduces her controversial ideas about virtues and values and briefly explains her revolutionary theory of concepts. All this, while being easy to read--although a couple of sections could have been more tightly edited. It's not the definitive work on Objectivism (for that read Leonard Peikoff's OPAR), but it is a great introduction.  (Incidentally, its publication as part of a series that include such heavyweights as Plato and Aristotle is yet another sign that Ayn Rand's ideas are being acknowledged by academia).

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