The Ominous Parallels
Cover of the first edition
|Cover artist||C. Lichty|
|Series||Ayn Rand Library|
Politics of the United States
|Publisher||Stein and Day|
|Media type||Print (Hardcover and Paperback)|
The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America is a 1982 book by philosopher Leonard Peikoff, in which the author compares the culture of the United States with the culture of Germany leading up to the Nazis. The book has an introduction by Ayn Rand, who describes it as "the first book by an Objectivist philosopher other than myself". Rand credited Peikoff with identifying "the cause of Nazism—and the ominous parallels between the intellectual history of Germany and of the United States".
In 2013, parts of The Ominous Parallels were republished in a new work by Peikoff, The Cause of Hitler's Germany.
German expatriate Hiltgunt Zassenhaus gave the book a positive review, saying it showed the importance of working to build a free society. In a Chicago Tribune profile of Peikoff, Rogers Worthington called it "a fascinating weave of German history, philosophic determinism, and Objectivist polemic". The reviewer for The Indianapolis Star found Peikoff's description of the parallels interesting, but was disappointed that his proposed remedy was Rand's Objectivist philosophy.
- Cole, Ben (November 7, 1982). "Wants World According to Ayn Rand". The Indianapolis Star. p. 4F – via Newspapers.com.
- Peikoff, Leonard. "Preface: The Cause of Hitler's Germany". Retrieved 2016-01-10.
- Perinn, Vincent L. (1990). Ayn Rand: First Descriptive Bibliography. Rockville, Maryland: Quill & Brush. ISBN 0-9610494-8-0. OCLC 23216055.
- Rand, Ayn; Peikoff, Leonard (1982). The Ominous Parallels: The End of Freedom in America. New York: Stein and Day. ISBN 0-8128-2850-X.
- Worthington, Rogers (September 7, 1982). "Ayn Rand's Disciple Sees U.S. Mired in Irrationality". Chicago Tribune. pp. 3.1, 3.5 – via Newspapers.com.
- Zassenhaus, Hiltgunt (December 26, 1982). "How the U.S. Today Is Like Nazi Germany". The Baltimore Sun. p. D4 – via Newspapers.com.