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Saturday 13 December 2014
Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, IN)

Nathaniel Branden: Born Nathaniel Blumenthal, he changed his name at the urging of Ayn Rand, who became his business partner and lover despite their 25-year age difference. Branden’s relationship with the “Atlas Shrugged” author began when he wrote her a fan letter and was chronicled in the movie “The Passion of Ayn Rand.” He died Wednesday at 84.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 13 Dec 2014
Thursday 11 December 2014
Bruce E. Levine, AlterNet

Only rarely in U.S. history do writers transform us to become a more caring or less caring nation. In the 1850s, Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was a strong force in making the United States a more humane nation, one that would abolish slavery of African Americans. A century later, Ayn Rand (1905-1982) helped make the United States into one of the most uncaring nations in the industrialized world, a neo-Dickensian society where healthcare is only for those who can afford it, and where young people are coerced into huge student-loan debt that cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Dec 2014
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Los Angeles Times

Nathaniel Branden obituary: In the Dec. 9 California section, the obituary of former Ayn Rand advocate Nathaniel Branden described economist Milton Friedman as one of Rand’s followers. He was not. The obituary also wrongly said that Rand and her husband Frank O'Connor had divorced.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Dec 2014
The Telegraph (London)

Nathaniel Branden, who has died aged 84, was for many years the lover and chief disciple of the American writer and libertarian monstre sacré Ayn Rand (1905-82); the story of their relationship and its bitter ending served to illustrate some of the pitfalls of her philosophy of ethical selfishness.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Dec 2014
Bend Bulletin

Nathaniel Branden, 84: Writer Ayn Rand’s former devotee, lover and intellectual heir, who, after a bitter schism, moved to Los Angeles and became a bestselling author on self-esteem. He died Dec. 3 at his home in Los Angeles after a lengthy illness, said James Peron, a close friend.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 10 Dec 2014
Tuesday 09 December 2014
Matt Schudel, Washington Post

Nathaniel Branden, who became a chief disciple and lover of the writer and libertarian lodestar Ayn Rand until a turbulent falling out led to his new career as a best-selling writer of books on self-esteem, died Dec. 3 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Dec 2014
Anchorage Daily News

…Nathaniel Branden wrote Ayn Rand a fan letter when he was a teenager in Canada in the 1940s. He wanted to tell her how much he admired “The Fountainhead,” her novel about a…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 09 Dec 2014
Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times

Nathaniel Branden, writer Ayn Rand’s former devotee, lover and intellectual heir, who, after a bitter schism, moved to Los Angeles and became a bestselling author on self-esteem, has died. He was 84. Branden, a psychotherapist, died Wednesday at his home…

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Dec 2014
Monday 08 December 2014
Douglas Martin, New York Times

Nathaniel Branden wrote Ayn Rand a fan letter when he was a teenager in Canada in the 1940s. He wanted to tell her how much he admired “The Fountainhead,” her novel about a brilliant architect’s proud resistance to what he perceived as the world’s inclination toward collectivism and mediocrity.

Ms. Rand did not respond, but Mr. Branden did not give up.

A few years later, while attending college in California, he wrote to her again. This time she did respond, and then some.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 08 Dec 2014
Wednesday 03 December 2014
Brian Doherty, Reason

Nathaniel Branden, the man who turned Ayn Rand’s Objectivist philosophy into a popular intellectual movement, died today at age 84.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Dec 2014
James Peron, Huffington Post

One of the most fascinating, and perhaps controversial figures, of modern America, Nathaniel Branden, died this morning in Los Angeles after a long illness. Dr. Branden was 84. He was known as a close associate of Ayn Rand’s and the father of the modern self-esteem movement. He is preceded in death by Barbara Branden, his first wife and Patrecia Branden, his second wife. He is survived by his wife Leigh Branden, former wife and friend Devers Branden and nephews Jonathan Hirschfield and Leonard Hirschfield.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 03 Dec 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Jeff Deist, Mises Daily (Ludwig von Mises Institute)

DG: Oh yes, well I knew Joey very well. She was very protective of Murray. They had met when they were both at Columbia. She was very, very smart, very well read. She knew American history very well.

JD: And of course, she was protective of him and then he ultimately found himself in hot water with the Ayn Rand circle over the fact that Joey was not rational enough for them in the sense that she was religious.

DG: Oh yes, yes. I remember she told me that one of the things they wanted her to do, they didn’t want him to divorce her right away because she was religious, but they wanted her to listen to their stuff and they thought if she did, then she would convert to their views.

Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 21 Oct 2014