Consumer spending in the United States may be down, but an interest in Ayn Rand certainly is not. Sales of Rand's last novel, the vigorously pro-capitalism fable Atlas Shrugged, have seen a huge leap in 2009, briefly outperforming even President Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope on Amazon's best-seller list. Few 1,000-page, half-century-old tomes can claim so much.
When I was in Delhi last year I noticed a number of Ayn Rand books in the street stalls and was surprised to hear that she was well known amongst the students I was visiting. As this articles shows (via Bryan Caplan) she's clearly popular.