New movie based on the 1957 novel; new book by Ayn Rand Institute authors
hits best-seller lists; Playboy to reprint Rand interview as e-book
10 marks the 55th anniversary of the publication of Atlas Shrugged, the Ayn Rand masterpiece that sold more than 445,000
copies last year alone. Rand continues to be a pervasive figure in American
culture, as politicos and business leaders regularly cite her works and opening
weekend approaches for the second installment of the motion picture series based
on the novel.
book by Ayn Rand Institute executive director Yaron Brook and ARI fellow Don
Watkins, Free Market Revolution: How Ayn
Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government, applies Rand’s philosophy to current
economic events. The book hit four best-seller lists, including the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today, and also earned a spot on the
Tea Party Patriots’ recommended reading list.
Playboy will republish its 1964 interview
with Rand as an Amazon e-book on Oct. 10.
of individuals have read Rand’s novels, and she has inspired and shaped many
people’s thinking,” said Brook. “What’s unique about what’s happening today is
that her ideas, and especially herself explicitly, are entering the mainstream
Rand’s ideas of limited government and free markets, and her philosophy—particularly
her moral philosophy—are what more and more Americans across the political
spectrum are looking at more closely,” Brook said.
addition to Atlas Shrugged, Rand also
wrote The Fountainhead, Anthem, and We the Living. ARI’s high school essay contests, which are based on
the novels, received more entries this year than ever before, and ARI has
distributed more than 2.5 million copies of Rand’s novels to high schools around
the country through its Books to Teachers program.
“It is encouraging to see more people talking
about Ayn Rand and her ideas,” Brook said. “Even Paul Ryan, who doesn’t agree
with all of her ideas, is certainly correct when he says that ‘Ayn Rand, more
than anyone else, did a fantastic job of explaining the morality of capitalism,
the morality of individualism.’”