'The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics' - A Breakthrough Book Puts Ayn Rand's Critics To The Test.
(DALLAS, TEXAS August 24, 2004) -- February 2, 2005, on the 100th anniversary of her birth, the world will hear the untold story of novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand's life with the release of James Valliant's new textbook, 'The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics', a work that challenges the biased assumptions of Rand's critics previously held as truth. For the first time, Rand's never-before-seen diary entries are used along with the only in-depth analysis of the biographies written by psychologist Nathaniel and his former wife Barbara Branden--the most widely read sources of information on her life-to reveal that they are riddled with errors and misconceptions, thus giving a long absent voice to Rand's defenders. By setting the record straight, this overdue work brings justice to one of the most prolific and influential thinkers of our time.
And it's justice that author Valliant has sought throughout his career as an attorney in San Diego. It's his hope that here, too, justice will be served by exposing the full story of Rand's life- until now ignored by her critics. "So much of Rand criticism is really just based on a legend authored by Barbara and Nathaniel Branden. I hope this book will make people take a second look at Rand: the importance of her work and the meaning of her life," said Valliant.
In a work that New York Heroes Society President Robert Begley calls "brilliant" and author Casey Fahy says is "judgment day for the Brandens," Valliant shifts the focus back to the core of the thinker whose philosophy espoused the concept of man as "a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with production and achievement as his noblest activity and reason as his only absolute," the theme of her best-selling novels, 'The Fountainhead' and 'Atlas Shrugged'.
Mr. Valliant is currently completing a new book on the historical origins of the New Testament titled, 'Behind the Cross'.
"...[For the serious students and supporters of Ayn Rand, and particularly those who try hard to live by her philosophy of Objectivism, this is a vital work. It is nothing short of a reference tool to be studied, perhaps a Bible... and most certainly a loadstone of inspiration and guidance
to them as they look at their lives and try to live them well."
–Robert W. Middlemiss, Editor-in-Chief, Durban House Publishing
"This is a brave book. And for the student of Objectivism, it offers an important and oft-overlooked voice. James Valliant is the first scholar to put the Brandens in their place..."
–Jonathan Hoenig, Managing Member, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC,
and regular on Fox News Channel's "Cashin' In"
James Valliant's 'The Passion of Ayn Rand's Critics' will be available through Durban House Publishing of Dallas, Texas, and in stores February 2, 2005