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  1. I have been reading Ayn Rand Nation by Gary Weiss, not exactly a supporter of Objectivism or libertarianism - but, besides the obligatory liberal-left distortions and put-downs, his experience in meeting with Objectivists in the course of writing his book - resulted in some admiration for Rand, the Objectivist movement, which he cannot resist reporting on. For example in the Introduction and first chapter, he attempts to document some of the evidence of Rand's cultural influence, such as the sales of her books. Much to his surprise, Rand's non-fiction books have also shown a resurgence in sales. Here's what he has to say about The Virtue of Selfishness: "Among the hottest sellers was her tribute to self-indulgence, The Virtue of Selfishness. This collection of dense essays, published in 1964, is one of the most popular books on philosophy and ethics in the English language. That's right, I don't mean one of the most popular books at the Ayn Rand Institute Bookstore in Irvine, California. I mean the English language. [ Italics are the author's] ...Virtue consistently ranks among the best-selling books on Amazon on the subjects of "ethics and morality," well ahead of conventional tomes...Virtue also usually ranks high in Amazon sales ranking of books on epistemology, the theory of knowedge." The sales and influence that he documents for Atlas Shrugged are even more impressive.