Books by Ray Raphael

THE SPIRIT OF '74 by Ray Raphael
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The authors shine a light on a dark corner of the struggle for American independence."
A well-conceived work of popular history that fills a gap in the chronology of the American Revolution. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2014

"A persuasive argument in favor of evidence-based history, even if it means surrendering some of our cherished fabrications."
A distinguished historian revisits the American legends he effectively debunked 10 years ago and discovers that they die hard. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2013

"With documents amply provided at the close of the text, Raphael provides a truly accessible teaching tool."
In his latest populist reality check, Raphael (Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, 2012, etc.) demonstrates how objectively studying the original broken political system lends insight into ours. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2012

"Raphael's exceptional history of the beginning years of the United States should be required reading, especially in an election year."
Renowned historian Raphael (Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation, 2011, etc.) delivers an authoritative biography of the Constitutional Convention and the herculean task faced by the representatives. Read full book review >
Released: April 20, 2011

"Adds immeasurably to our understanding of the Revolution's full meaning."
Three distinguished scholars commission 22 essays about historical characters for whom the American Revolution was insufficiently revolutionary. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2009

"Splendid storytelling that effectively captures and humanizes the tumult of the Revolutionary Era."
Popular historian Raphael (Founding Myths, 2004, etc.) expands the traditional cast of America's founders and examines "the collective work of the Revolutionary Generation." Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2001

"An unusual look at the nation's founding."
A fresh and compelling history, bringing together the voices of the rebel leaders, the men and boys who made up the core of the Continental Army, the women of the colonies, the Tory loyalists and Quaker pacifists who opposed the war, the American Indians (who stood to gain little by anyone's victory), and the African-Americans (who had almost as little to gain—although slaves belonging to rebels were promised freedom if they took up arms for the British). Read full book review >