This Day in Jewish History 1946: Ayn Rand Begins Writing Her Magnum Opus, Critics Shrug

But the world went wild over the Russian-born philosopher’s paean to selfishness; 70 years later Atlas Shrugged is still selling strong.

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On this day in 1946, Ayn Rand, the Russian-born American author and philosopher, began writing her magnum opus, “Atlas Shrugged.” The over 1,000-page-long novel was panned by critics when it was published in...