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Ray Raphael
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Ray Raphael’s fifteen books include A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence (2001) and Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past (2004). He is also coeditor of Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation (2011). Having taught at Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods and all subjects in a one-room public high school, he is now a full-time researcher and writer. He lives in Northern California.

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Mr. President
How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive
Written by Ray Raphael


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 22, 2013
Price: $16.00

The dramatic and penetrating story of the political maneuverings and personalities behind the creation of the office of the president, with ramifications that continue to this day.

For the first time, by focusing closely on the dynamic give-and-take at the Constitutional Convention, Ray Raphael reveals how politics and personalities cobbled together a... Read more >
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Mr. President
How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive
Written by Ray Raphael


Format: eBook, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 6, 2012
Price: $11.99

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Revolutionary Founders
Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Written by Ray Raphael
Edited by Alfred F. Young and Gary Nash


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 17, 2012
Price: $16.95

In twenty-two original essays, leading historians reveal the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic. Here is a fresh, new reading of the American Revolution that gives voice and recognition to a generation of radical thinkers and doers whose revolutionary ideals outstripped those of the “Founding Fathers.”

While the... Read more >
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Revolutionary Founders
Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Edited by Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael and Gary Nash


Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $32.50

In twenty-two original essays, leading historians trace the course of the radical impulses at the founding of the American Republic.

Neither Washington, Jefferson, nor Madison were “revolutionary” in any modern sense of the word: while they cast off imperial dependence, they left unchallenged the underpinnings of most societal structures, as well as... Read more >
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Revolutionary Founders
Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation
Edited by Alfred F. Young, Ray Raphael and Gary Nash


Format: eBook, 464 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $12.99

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Also available as a hardcover and a trade paperback.
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