This review was posted on the site for the Center for a Stateless Society. It is entitled: "A Preview of My Review Of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical" (5 March 2014)
The second edition is even better than the first one. It contains a new preface and three appendixes. There are also some word additions and an expanded section on foreign policy. The new material adds to an already fantastic book. My reading of it was immensely enjoyable and intellectually enriching. Chris does a good job of showing the depth of Rand's thought without being a slavish follower who can find no flaws. One minor quibble with the book I have is his use of the term homeland to describe the American nation-state. It evokes fascist connotations, but I know that Chris was not using it to do that. There are really no other criticisms I have to make of the book. It's just that well put together. The new preface gives a good explanation of Chris's broader project of situating libertarian thought within the dialectical tradition. . . . The appendices include two essays previously published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies with an additional new essay directed at the Ayn Rand Institute official biographer. Chris does a good job of bringing together evidence to defend his views. The new material on foreign policy . . . makes a fine addition to an already excellent book. The material brings the book up to date and offers commentary on what Rand may have supported in post 9-11 foreign policy. It also offers us greater detail and insight into Rand's foreign policy prescriptions. . . . The original greatness of the text is preserved with useful additions. . . . The reader is definitely encouraged to pick up a copy of this new edition.
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