Search Results: "Ray Raphael"


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NON-FICTION
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 >

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THE SPIRIT OF '74 by Ray Raphael
NON-FICTION
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 >

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WAKING RAPHAEL by Leslie Forbes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 29, 2004

"As in Fish, Blood and Bone (2001), Forbes uses the conventions of the romance and the thriller, transforming and discarding them at will, to illuminate the mysterious connections between past and present and bring a pair of ardent and uncommonly appealing heroines to life."
The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes's magical Italian idyll. Read full book review >

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FOUNDING MYTHS by Ray Raphael
NON-FICTION
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 >

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CONSTITUTIONAL MYTHS by Ray Raphael
NON-FICTION
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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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RAY CHARLES by Michael Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Ironically, Lydon notes that the autobiography has 'only one fully fleshed-out character: Brother Ray'; the same could be said for his own work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A disappointingly superficial account of the life of one of popular music's elder statesmen. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2011

"The sad story, well and respectfully told, of an American original struggling with procrustean politics, timorous producers and personal demons."
A veteran biographer of film legends records the sad career arc of Nicholas Ray (1911-1979), the director of one of Hollywood's most iconic films, Rebel Without a Cause (1955). Read full book review >

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ARMADILLO RAY by John Beifuss
ANIMALS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"In his first book, Beifuss's text is somewhat wordy, but its point is simple and accessible, its protagonist endearing, and the vibrancy of the illustrations silences debate over minor details. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Readers will be drawn here first to newcomer Turley's paintings: oil pastels more dazzling than Mexican folk art that depict a stylized southwestern landscape. Read full book review >

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THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >