Judgment Day: My Years with Ayn Rand

Nathaniel Branden, Author Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) $21.45 (436p) ISBN 978-0-395-46107-5
Branden's long, tedious account of his 18-year relationship with Ayn Rand is weighted with self-dramatization. The domineering author of The Fountainhead was 25 years his senior when they met in 1950; both were married yet carried on an affair. Branden writes that in 1968, when Rand discovered he was having an affair with Patrecia Gullison, an actress-model who became his second wife, Rand violently severed their relationship and excommunicated him from the inner circle of the Objectivist movement, of which Branden had been a chief disciple. After Patrecia drowned in 1977, Branden's third wife, Devers, formed a friendship with Rand, who still refused to speak to Branden. As he set tles scores with colleagues here and tests his theory of the psychology of romantic love, he also tests the reader's patience; nevertheless, Rand devotees will likely relish the steamy details of her personal life. Photos. (June)
Reviewed on: 08/01/1989
Release date: 08/01/1989
Paperback - 978-0-380-71127-7
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