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It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand

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Summary

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  • Full Title: It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand
  • Author(s): Jerome Tuccille
  • Year Published: 1972 (original edition), 1997 (25th anniversary edition), 2007 (revised edition)
  • Publisher: Stein and Day (original edition); Cobden Press (paperback original edition reprint); Fox & Wilkes (25th anniversary edition); iUniverse (revised edition)
  • Publication Type: Commercial (original and 25th anniversary editions); Self/Vanity (revised edition)
  • ISBN-10: 0-8128-1402-9 (hardcover original edition), 0-8128-1527-0 (paperback original edition), 0-930439-15-5 (paperback original edition), 0-930073-25-8 (paperback 25th anniversary), 0-595-47757-7 (paperback revised edition)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8128-1402-6 (hardcover original edition), 978-0-8128-1527-6 (paperback original edition), 978-0-930439-15-6 (paperback original edition), 978-0-930073-25-1 (paperback 25th anniversary), 978-0-595-47757-9 (paperback revised edition)
  • Description: The primary thing to understand about this book (and its sequel, It Still Begins with Ayn Rand) is that it is not about Ayn Rand. It is a satirical memoir of the author's involvement with the libertarian movement. Dialog is invented, events are exaggerated, people's beliefs and characteristics are changed, etc., for the purpose of lampooning various individuals and political movements, including Ayn Rand and Objectivism.

Contents

The original and 25th anniversary editions have largely the same contents. For the revised edition, material from Tuccille's later books was incorporated, along with additional new material. Chapters significantly related to Ayn Rand or Objectivism are indicated with bold for the chapter title.

Contents from the original and 25th anniversary editions:

Part One: The Overview

  1. The Whim Worshipers
  2. The Rational Dancer
  3. With a Jaw Like That He Can't Lose
  4. The Impact of Ivy League Hegelianism
  5. Please Don't Kill Lenny Bruce
  6. The Right Wing Joan of Arc

Part Two: The Fracture

  1. A New Kind of Telepathic Imperialism
  2. Look What Happened to Kerensky
  3. A Claque of Porcine Revolutionaries
  4. Deviationism Rides Again

Part Three: The Coalition

  1. Greed Is What Makes the World Go Round
  2. Ragnar Lets Me Down
  3. I Fail to Make a Citizen's Arrest
  4. Left, Right, and In Between
  5. The Center Is Big Enough for All

Part Four: What Happens Now?

  1. An Optimistic Prophecy

Contents from revised edition:

Part I: The Overview

  1. The Whim Worshipers
  2. The Rational Dancer
  3. With a Jaw Like That He Can't Lose
  4. The Impact of Ivy League Hegelianism
  5. Please Don't Kill Lenny Bruce
  6. The Right Wing Joan of Arc

Part II: The Fracture

  1. A New Kind of Telepathic Imperialism
  2. Look What Happened to Kerensky
  3. A Claque of Porcine Revolutionaries
  4. Deviationism Rides Again

Part III: The Coalition

  1. Greed Is What Makes the World Go Round
  2. Ragnar Lets Me Down
  3. I Fail to Make a Citizen's Arrest
  4. Left, Right, and In Between
  5. The Center Is Big Enough for All

Part IV: The Campaign

  1. Ayn Rand Strikes Again
  2. Taking the Candidate for a Test Drive
  3. Marvin the Exterminator Loves Porn
  4. Wonder Woman Kicks Butt
  5. Stuntism Runs Amok
  6. Down and Out in the Belly of the Beast

Part V: The Woeful Interregnum

  1. John Galt Rides Again
  2. The First 100 Days
  3. Where's the Rest of Him?
  4. The Randian Altruist
  5. The Patriotic Subversives
  6. The Mark of the Beast
  7. Rock Bottom with Bush II

Part VI: As Things Look Now

  1. A Grizzled Old Iconoclast Looks Back

Part VII: Afterword

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Reviews, Criticism and Analysis

The following perspectives on the 25th anniversary edition of this book are available online:


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