Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life
The Companion Book

by Michael Paxton

Hardcover, 192 pages, 224 black and white photos, 16 color photos

Now Available on or The Ayn Rand Bookstore.

In Michael Paxton’s companion book to his documentary on the life and work of Ayn Rand, we re-live the events that brought Ayn Rand to America and to the battles she had to fight. From the ravaged streets of Russia to the hard-luck streets of Hollywood, we get to see her work her way up from a poor immigrant girl to a working screenwriter for Cecil B. DeMille, and from a wardrobe girl at RKO to a world-famous author and philosopher.

In Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life, one
can see Ayn Rand’s life unfold in images, transcripts, and original sheet music.

  Many of the photographs from
Miss Rand’s collection are reproduced
(in color and black and white) along with
the entire script from the film.


This includes the narration, written by Mr. Paxton, and all the interview segments (with Ayn Rand, Leonard Peikoff, Mike Wallace, and others) that appear throughout the film. Now, one can cherish the striking photographs, animation drawings, and the actual text of the script for many years to come and experience, through page after page, a “life more compelling than fiction.”

“Ayn Rand developed the theory that everyone has a subconscious view of the universe and of man’s place in it. It is a person’s most personal, emotional response to existence and what she termed a ‘sense of life.’”

Like the movie this companion book is based on, Ayn Rand: A Sense of Lifepaints a portrait of one woman’s sense of life and reveals why her work has remained in print for over fifty years and continues to inspire new generations of readers.

Some reviews of Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life: The Companion Book

The Midwest Book Review:
“In Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life we see how the author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead (as well as the philosophy of Objectivism) worked her way up from a poor immigrant girl to a working screenwriter for Cecil B. DeMille, and from a wardrobe girl at RKO studios to a world-famous author and philosopher. One of the most controversial thinkers of the 20th Century, Rand attained a worldwide fame and readership numbering in the millions. Today her books continue to sell over 300,000 copies each year. This beautifully produced book (192 pp., 32 color photographs, 125 halftones) is based on the documentary film of the same name....A fitting memorial and testament to an original thinker, Michael Paxton has done a great service to all Ayn Rand fans, both in his film and in this book.”

Ray Olson, Booklist:
“Basically, this is a souvenir booklet for the Academy Award-nominated documentary film with the same title. Some souvenir booklet, though. The text is the film’s verbal continuity, and the illustrations, which occupy more page space than the words, are still photographs and a few drawings from animation sequences in the film. The subject is the pro-capitalist novelist-philosopher whose mammoth romances The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged still, the script avers, sell tens of thousands of copies yearly. (Another astonishing claim here is that of a poll that found Atlas Shruggedthe second most influential book in America.) Visually...the book is most impressive. Randians worth their salt should swoon over this....”


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