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Mean Girl: Ayn Rand and the Culture of Greed (American Studies Now


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Introduction. "What Is Good for Me Is Right"
1. "Proud Woman Conqueror"
2. "Individualists of the World Unite!"
3. "Would You Cut the Bible?"
4. "I Found a Flaw"

Key Figures
Selected Bibliography

About the Author

Lisa Duggan is a historian, journalist, activist, and Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. She is the author of The Twilight of Equality? Neoliberalism, Cultural Politics, and the Attack on Democracy.


"Lisa Duggan gets it exactly right . . . when she writes that Rand's 'particular gift was not for philosophical elaboration, but for stark condensation and aphorism. She deployed this gift to create a moral economy of inequality to infuse her softly pornographic romance fiction with the political eros that would captivate a mass readership.'" * Times Higher Education *
"Provides an explanation for our current cultural and political moment. . . . Duggan's book sums up Rand's life and philosophy in under ninety pages." -- Masha Gessen * The New Yorker *

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