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Ayn Rand and the World She Made  
Ayn Rand and the World She Made (cover).jpg
First edition cover
Author Anne Conover Heller
Country United States
Language English
Subject(s) Ayn Rand
Publisher Nan A. Talese
Publication date October 27, 2009
Media type Print
Pages 567 (first edition)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-385-51399-9
OCLC Number 229027437

Ayn Rand and the World She Made is a biography of Russian-American philosopher Ayn Rand by Anne C. Heller published in 2009.



The book is a chronological biography of Rand. Each chapter covers a specific period of time indicated as part of the chapter title. An "Afterword" briefly describes what some of her former associates have done since her death. Although there are no footnotes in the main text, the book has a "Notes" section that explains the sources for passages.


The book received overall positive reviews upon publication.[1][2][3][4] Library Journal included it among its "Best Books 2009",[5] and The New York Times Book Review named it one of their "100 Notable Books of 2009".[6] In a review for Liberty, Stephen Cox called the book "engrossing" and "objective", although he disagreed with Heller's interpretations in some areas.[7]

Several of the reviews compared the book with another biography of Rand, Goddess of the Market by Jennifer Burns, which focuses on Rand's intellectual development and influence on the libertarian and conservative movements, as opposed to Heller's focus on the details of Rand's life. In a review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin said the two books "make many of the same points and touch on many of the same biographical details", although Maslin prefers Heller's book for its greater detail.[1] The two books were also reviewed jointly in The New Republic[8] and Time.[9]

See also



  • Heller, Anne C. (2009). Ayn Rand and the World She Made. New York: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0-385-51399-9. OCLC 229027437.  

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