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Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past

by Ray Raphael

First published ten years ago, award-winning historian Ray Raphael’s Founding Myths has since established itself as a landmark of historical myth-busting. With Raphael’s trademark wit and flair, Founding...

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Founding Fathers: and the Birth of our Nation

by Ray Raphael

Essential reading for anyone interested in the leaders who shaped our nation.

Popular interest in the Founding Fathers has surged over the past decade and is beginning to rival interest in the Civil War. People...

Constitutional Myths: What We Get Wrong and How to Get It Right

by Ray Raphael

Americans of late have taken to waving the Constitution in the air and proclaiming, "The founders were on MY side! See, it’s all right here!" But these phantom constitutions bear little relation to the historical...

A People's History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independence

by Ray Raphael

The best single-volume history of the Revolution I have read.

—Howard Zinn

The first major effort to tell the history of the American Revolution from the often overlooked standpoints of its everyday participants,...

Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive

by Ray Raphael

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


On June 1, 1787, when the...

The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord

by Ray Raphael

According to the traditional telling, the American Revolution began with “the shot heard round the world.” Now in paperback, Ray Raphael’s The First American Revolution uses the wide-angle lens of a people’s...