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By: John Edser

Sun, 19 Aug 2012 15:00:33 +0000

Dear Ms Heller, My main interest is in evolutionary theory and epistemology (the evolution of ideas). I really appreciate the research and scholarship that went into your book. I am interested to know if you have any references with regard to Ms Rand discussing theory falsifiability. Did she discriminate between just a belief and theory? Also, your book appears not to mention Ms Rand's "tabula rasa" stance with regard to human nature, i.e. genetic inheritance contributed nothing to what Ms Rand regarded as, human nature. My regards, John Edser Independent Researcher

By: Brian Bixler

Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:01:30 +0000

Interesting book, but if I had to sum it up in one phrase, that would be "damned by faint praise". Also, all of this discussion of Ayn Rand's ideas misses one huge gap in her logic, that has gone unanswered all these years. It should be fairly obvious- the biological nature of Mankind. We are hairless apes, who just recently crawled from the trees, and stood upright. A creature of reason and rationality? Hardly. Be that as it may- Rand's ideas have a lot of merit, and certainly warrant study and discussion.

By: Edmond McGill

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:30:29 +0000

I am just finishing this wonderful biography. Many of the tenants of objectivism are in line with my thinking, particularly in its fundamental rationalism. The biography was revealing, however, in what appears to have been Ayn Rand's extreme narcissism (not just rational self interest) and the cult of personality she encouraged. As attractive as I find the philosophy, is unattractive this, proving that the vessel and the content are often of a different sort.

By: Kira Ayn

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 03:25:08 +0000

Anne, I was one of the callers yesterday with Tom Ashbrook. I would very much appreciate corresponding with you, given my strong connection to Ayn Rand. I look forward to reading your book. Best, Kira

By: Anne Heller

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:23:04 +0000

Chrissie, I'm so glad to hear from you. I don't have an e-mail address for you. Mine is

By: christine barsness

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 01:19:19 +0000

Hello Anne! Just got the book in paperback in my local Alameda store. I enjoyed your favorable reviews when the book first came out. I would love to have your email address - you disappeared on me again! I have written (not lately) but to no response. I will be in NYC in early March if you would like to get together, it would be great to see you. Best regards to you and David, Chris

By: Anne Heller

Tue, 20 Apr 2010 13:33:20 +0000

Dear Jenny, I wrote the book to answer some questions about Ayn Rand for myself: Where did her ideas come from? Why was she so driven? How much did the events of her life reflect the preoccupations of her novels? I hoped to get people talking about her in a way that wasn't overly condemnatory or adulatory but gave credit and blame where they were due. One of my main messages turned out to be the dangers of utopian--or ideological, or absolutist--thinking, both in a private life and publicly. Thank you so much for writing.

By: Jenny Palmer

Thu, 01 Apr 2010 03:18:29 +0000

Hello, I just finished reading your book and I enjoyed it immensely. I didn't know much about Ayn Rand before but found your description of her life to be very interesting. My question for you, simply out of curiosity, is what was your original intention for writing the book? Did you merely want to shine more light on Ayn Rand's life? And, if there are some, what would you say your main underlying messages/concepts are that you werer trying to get across to readers?

By: Anne Heller

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 21:40:23 +0000

I hope not! But thank you, Mike.

By: Mike Egan

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 19:50:04 +0000

Great book! I enjoyed the hell out of it. Ms. Rand was, as I suspected, just another "girl next door." Terrific job!