By Jerome Tuccille

I'm an avid reader of the works of Ayn Rand. I picked up this booklet from a used e-book shop pondering that it might be a pleasant booklet to provide an outline of the profession of Alan Greenspan with particular emphasis on his dating with Ayn Rand. regrettably, i used to be bored by way of the content material on Alan Greenspan and indignant through the content material on Ayn Rand.

The preliminary chapters on Greenspan's adolescence and his pastime as a jazz participant are fascinating. notwithstanding, the latter sections on Greenspan as a monetary adviser (for Ford and Reagan) and his time with the Federal Reserve are a bit of informative yet dull to learn. Chairing the Federal Reserve isn't really precisely the most enjoyable place, so maybe the writer is simply doing the easiest with the cloth he has.

This is right however the remedy of Ayn Rand is particularly unkind if not only downright immature. for instance, Tuccille writes "[M]uch of Rand's rational individualism used to be in concord with the lessons of the scholastic Thomas Aquinas....But Rand *chose* to think that she had created a brand new morality that stood Christianity on its head."

The emphasis at the note 'chose' is mine. examining this paragraph insinuates that not just is Rand's moral philosophy an insignificant rehash of earlier rules yet that she intentionally and dishonestly *evaded* this truth. whereas either Rand and Aquinas have Aristotelian roots, this can be nonetheless now not a decent remark to make in passing approximately Rand's philosophy. it's not acceptable for me to enter information about the main points among Rand and Aquinas the following, yet any reader can know about Rand's moral philosophy via interpreting 'The advantage of Selfishness' via Ayn Rand, 'Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand' by means of Leonard Peikoff or 'Ayn Rand's Normative Ethics' via Tara Smith.

There are various different snipes at Ayn Rand in the course of the booklet, however the remark above is especially representative.

I certainly don't suggest this e-book for real lovers of Objectivism. I additionally don't suggest this publication for normal fanatics of laissez-faire capitalism as i don't see a lot price during this e-book for this broader viewers both.

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Wesley remembered a time when he and Alan were playing handball and the schoolyard was invaded by a band of mostly older and bigger Irish toughs. Alan sailed into them with his fists until they went off looking for easier prey. The streets of Washington Heights were filled with the smells of hot bagels, first boiled and then baked in the Jewish bagel factory; pungent potato knishes thickly coated with breading; and garlicky hot dogs and sharp sauerkraut steaming in the wagons of street vendors along Broadway and St.

The reviews had been mostly negative, he recalled, but the story line and theme of the novel piqued his interest. The months rolled by and Alan forgot about the book until, early in 1944, a friend told him he ought to check it out. “I think you’d really enjoy it,” Alan remembered him saying. The Fountainhead was the romantic saga of an idealistic architect, Howard Roark, who refused to compromise on his plans for a housing project. Roark decides to blow up the building when bureaucrats alter his design in a way that destroys its integrity.

While on the road with the band one day, Alan checked a book out of the library that would change his life forever. The Fountainhead was a long novel written by a Russian-born writer named Ayn Rand. Alan had seen some reviews of the book when it was first published in May 1943, and he had made a mental note to read it at the time. The reviews had been mostly negative, he recalled, but the story line and theme of the novel piqued his interest. The months rolled by and Alan forgot about the book until, early in 1944, a friend told him he ought to check it out.

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