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Rand was deeply affected by the years she spent in Russia in spite of her denial of environmental influences. She held that one's environment had little, if any, control over one's fate. This study is the anti-thesis to Rand's attitude about her childhood. It demonstrates that in three distinct areas, history, psychology, and sociology, by defining Rand's perspective and then researching its origins, a deeper understanding of her ideas is put forth. Rand's unusual parental influence and unique experience of living through the Russian Revolution never left her.