Now Available: A New Book From Ayn Rand

Most people have no idea what the United States represents.

Over 72 years in the making, A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand blazons the principle on which America was founded—individualism. Properly understood, the country is not based on God, service or "country first" but on the radical principle of individual rights—as only Rand can properly define.

What's Inside

What's in The Book?

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Most people have no idea what the United States represents.

Ayn Rand did grasp America’s political essence down to its roots. World-famous as the author of Atlas Shrugged, Rand emigrated from Russia to the United States in 1926 at the age of twenty-one. Upon her arrival, she discovered that the collectivist politics of Russia, and Europe in general, were taking hold in America.

An early effort to fight this trend was Rand’s Textbook of Americanism, which she began writing in 1946 but was left unfinished. Until now.

Seventy-two years later, A New Textbook of Americanism: The Politics of Ayn Rand addresses the questions she did not answer then, building on her insights to illuminate Americanism and its present-day application.

Featuring Rand’s full 1946 work plus essays from the New Intellectuals, including Leonard Peikoff, and never-before-published discussions with Ayn Rand.

Rand once called the United States “the only moral country in the history of the world.” A New Textbook of Americanism explores the reasons for her judgment.

Topics Covered

  • What Is The Basic Issue In The World Today?

  • Can We Do Good By Force?

  • What Is The Basic Principle Of America?

  • What Is A Right?

  • What Is The Proper Function Of Government?

  • Can a Society Exist Without a Moral Principle?

PLUS: Monopolies, Racism and Why “Buy American is Un-American”

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The New Intellectuals

Ayn Rand (1905-1982) is the author of We the Living (1936), The Fountainhead (1943) and Atlas Shrugged (1957), which has sold more than 35 million copies since publication. Major nonfiction works of Rand include The Virtue of Selfishness, The Romantic Manifesto and Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Her philosophy of Objectivism, which she characterized as “a philosophy for living on earth,” continues to influence millions of readers.

Leonard Peikoff is Ayn Rand’s chosen intellectual heir and the author of The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand, and The DIM Hypothesis: Why the Lights of the West Are Going Out. For years he answered questions about Objectivism and his views on life in his podcast on

Andrew Bernstein is the author of The Capitalist Manifesto: The Historic, Economic, and Philosophic Case for Laissez-Faire; Objectivism in One Lesson: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Ayn Rand; and numerous other books. He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the City University of New York, and lectures and publishes on a wide range of topics.

Harry Binswanger has been an associate of Ayn Rand’s and has taught philosophy at the university level. He hosts his own online forum at and is the author of How We Know: Epistemology on an Objectivist Foundation.

Yaron Brook is chairman of the board at the Ayn Rand Institute in Irvine, California, and publicly speaks around the world in promoting the ideas of Ayn Rand. He is also host of The Yaron Brook Show on BlogTalkRadio. Before taking on a leadership role at ARI, he worked in finance and taught it at the university level.

Onkar Ghate serves as a senior fellow and the Chief Content Officer of the Ayn Rand Institute. He has been published in various media, ranging from to The Huffington Post.

Stuart K. Hayashi has worked as a legislative aide at the Hawaii State Capitol. He is the author of The Freedom of Peaceful Action, Life in the Market Ecosystem, and Hunting Down Social Darwinism all on political philosophy and published by Lexington Books of Lanham, Maryland.

Jonathan Hoenig manages Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC. He is an analyst for Fox Business Network and author of Greed Is Good, The Pit: Photographic Portrait of the Chicago Trading Floor, and (with Stuart K. Hayashi) of Price Is Primary, a treatise on objective investing.

Elan Journo, director of policy research at the Ayn Rand Institute. His first book, Winning the Unwinnable War: America’s Self-Crippled Response to Islamic Totalitarianism, analyzed America’s post-9/11 Mideast policy. He is co-author (with Onkar Ghate) of Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond.

Amy Peikoff J.D., Ph.D., is a writer living in Southern California. In addition to guest appearances on Fox News and co-hosting a weekly podcast, she recently helped to create a script for a graphic novel adaptation of Atlas Shrugged and is currently writing her own book, Legalizing Privacy: Why and How.

Gregory Salmieri is a fellow at the Anthem Foundation for Objectivist Scholarship and teaches philosophy at Rutgers University. He is co-editor (with the late Allan Gotthelf) of A Companion to Ayn Rand and (with Robert Mayhew) of Foundations of a Free Society: Reflections on Ayn Rand’s Political Philosophy.

Richard M. Salsman is founder of InterMarket Forecasting, Inc., an assistant professor at Duke University, and a contributing editor for The Objective Standard. He is the author of Breaking the Banks: Central Banking Problems and Free Banking Solutions, Gold and Liberty, and The Political Economy of Public Debt: Three Centuries of Theory and Evidence.

C. Bradley Thompson is a Professor of Political Philosophy at Clemson University and the executive director of the Clemson Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He also authored the award-winning John Adams and the Spirit of Liberty and Neoconservatism: An Obituary for an Idea (with Yaron Brook).

Don Watkins is director of education at the Center for Industrial Progress. He is the author of RooseveltCare: How Social Security Is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance, and co-author of the national bestseller Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government.

First edition, soft-cover, archival-quality-paper. 6×9 in. 22×28 cm. 222 Pages.
Published: September 2018.
ISBN-10: 0-692-93044-2 / ISBN-13: 978-0-692-93044-1

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