“I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the
sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.”—Ayn
Rand writing in Atlas Shrugged
February 2, 1905–March 6, 1982
When America recently faced economic collapse followed by a raft of regulations and taxes under President Obama, what did its citizens do? Dig out the old college economics text book by Paul Samuelson? Rush for an injection of J K Galbraith? No! They turned their backs on Keynesian theories and rediscovered instead the novels and philosophical essays of AYN RAND, a Jewish immigrant from Russia who had died nearly 30 years earlier. Sales of her two biggest novels, The Fountainhead, published in 1943, and Atlas Shrugged, which came out in 1957, simply rocketed. Sales of Atlas Shrugged leapt from an already stellar 200,000 in 2008 to a stratospheric 500,000 in 2009. What was going on? And when and where did it all start?