Writer and lecturer, author of The Passion of Ayn Rand
Barbara Branden

Barbara Branden (née Weidman; 14 May 1929 – 11 December 2013) was a Canadian writer, editor and lecturer, known for her relationship and subsequent break with novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand.

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14 May 1929, Barbara Weidman, in Winnipeg, Manitoba


11 Dec 2013, in Los Angeles


About Barbara Branden
"She earned her M.A. in philosophy, and authored a thesis on free will, under the direction of Sidney Hook at New York University. ... She was Managing Editor of The Objectivist, a philosophical journal, and Executive Vice-president of Nathaniel Branden Institute in New York."
Laissez Faire Books
Includes reviewer comments of The Passion of Ayn Rand
"Barbara Branden was a close associate of Ayn Rand's during the 1950s and 1960s. ... Her biography The Passion of Ayn Rand (1986) told the full story for the first time, including how Rand developed her ideas, how Rand wrote her beloved books, and how Rand and Nathaniel Branden had an affair which changed their lives."


Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors
Eris Society

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Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Barbara Branden - Libertarian
Biography, photo and reviewer comments (from Laissez Faire Books)
"You can find great substance in one of her latest audio recording Influence of Ayn Rand: 'I want to infect you with my optimism,' says Barbara Branden, on the question, 'Can Our Ideas Make a Difference?' She contrasts her difficult experiences when first trying to promote these ideas as a university student with key aspects of today's culture to show that they not only can make a difference, they already have."


Nathaniel Branden, by Nathaniel Branden, Karen Reedstrom, Full Context, Sep 1996
In two parts; topics range from David Kelley, objectivisim, Ayn Rand, his memoir Judgment Day, Barbara Branden, Leonard Peikoff, homosexuality, self-esteem and more
"The part I especially appreciated was Barbara's treatment of Rand's early years, about which I knew relatively little. I was impressed by her research. And the book is well-written. Her treatment of the affair with Ayn and later with Patrecia was off on a number of points and left out a good deal that was important. To some extent, that was understandable. ... when she complained that she couldn't decide what to call the book, I suggested The Passion of Ayn Rand—which she immediately liked. On most of the big issues, I think anyone can see that our portraits of Ayn Rand are fairly congruent."


Interview with Barbara Branden, by Barbara Branden, Karen Minto, Full Context, Oct 1998
Ranges from her move from Los Angeles to Winnipeg and then to New Mexico, how she stopped smoking and the movie made from her book The Passion of Ayn Rand
"In March of 1997, a friend and I visited a mutual friend who lived in Santa Fe. ... The first evening of my visit, I went outside the dining room where we were eating, to smoke a cigarette (I am no longer a smoker, by the way) and to look at the city. ... As I stood outside that evening, unable fully to believe the beauty of the mountains, the city, and the sky—I suddenly felt, for the first time in my life, 'I’m home.'"
Lindsay Perigo Interviews Barbara Branden, by Barbara Branden, Lindsay Perigo, 17 Apr 2002
Branden answers questions about New Zealand, the 11 Sep 2001 attacks, Ayn Rand, objectivism and factionalism
"[Forfeiting freedom for the sake of 'security'] is an issue I am very concerned about. I fear not so much the loss of the freedoms that will be taken away during war time - although some of Ashcroft's intentions worry me a great deal - but that they never will be restored. This has been a common practice in any American crisis situation: Roosevelt abrogated many of our freedoms during the 1929 depression and during World War II - and we never have gotten them back."

Books Authored

Principles of Efficient Thinking, 1979
Ten lecture audio course
Related Topic: Epistemology
The Influence of Ayn Rand
Audiobook on two CDs, published by Laissez Faire Books/LFB Audio Productions
Related Topic: Ayn Rand
The Passion of Ayn Rand, 1986
Contents: Prologue - We The Living - The Fountainhead - Atlas Shrugged - Denouement - Epilogue; basis for the 1999 film starring Helen Mirren
Related Topic: Ayn Rand

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