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Porter, Ray

Overview
Works: 65 works in 340 publications in 1 language and 7,907 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Short stories  Drama  Biography  Biographical films  Children's films  Juvenile works  Hagiographical films  Film adaptations 
Roles: Narrator, Author
Classifications: U101, 355.02
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Most widely held works by Ray Porter
The 4-hour work week : escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich by Timothy Ferriss( )

25 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Four-Hour Work Week explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one
Imperial life in the emerald city : inside Iraq's green zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran( )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the startling portrait of an Oz-like place where a vital aspect of our government's folly in Iraq played out. The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief, Raviv Chandrasekaran, takes us with him into the Zone, into a bubble, cut off from wartime realities, where the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competed with the distractions of a Little America. A half-dozen bars stocked with cold beer, a disco where women showed up in hot pants, and a parking lot filled with shiny new SUV's, much of it run by Halliburton. Most Iraqis were barred from entering the Emerald City for fear they would blow it up
The Dawn patrol by Don Winslow( Recording )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 325 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he's out in the break off Pacific Beach with the other members of The Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted back when he was on the San Diego police force. He blames himself--just as almost everyone in the department does--for not being able to save her. Now he's unexpectedly staring at a chance to make some amends
The curious case of Benjamin Button : and other stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"F. Scott Fitzgerald makes anti-bellum Baltimore his setting for "The curious case of Benjamin Button," a fantastical tale with some Poe-like overtones about a baby born at age seventy who then lives life in reverse, his hair turning 'in the dozen years of his life from white to iron-gray, the network of wrinkles on his face becoming less pronounced.'"--Container
Banker to the poor : micro-lending and the battle against world poverty by Muhammad Yunus( )

10 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1983, Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miniscule loans. Based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a few, Grameen Bank now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are nearly 100 percent. It was an idea born on a day in 1976 when he loaned $27 from his own pocket to forty-two stool makers living in a tiny village. Banker to the Poor is Muhammad Yunus's memoir of how he changed his life to help the world's poor. In it he traces the journey that led him to rethink the economic relationship between rich and poor and recounts the challenges he and his colleagues faced in founding Grameen
Maccabees : the story of Hanukkah( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Journey to Palestine of the second century B.C., where Antiochus, a Syrian-Greek king, rules over the people of Israel, confronting them with a trying test of their faith. They must bow down and accept the Greek gods or die! Some submit but not the Maccabees, a small group true to the faith of their fathers. The spirit and determination of the Maccabees lives today in the celebration of Hanukkah, the Feast of Lights
The black hole war : my battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanics by Leonard Susskind( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The inside account of the battle among Stephen Hawking, Leonard Susskind, and Gerard't Hooft over the true nature of black holes - with nothing less than our understanding of the entire universe at stake
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks : [a novel] by William S Burroughs( Recording )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation
House to house : an epic memoir of war by David Bellavia( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In November, 2004, a U.S. infantry squad in Fallujah plunged into one of the most sustained and savage urban battles in the history of American men at arms. Ssg. Bellavia and his men confronted an enemy who had had weeks to prepare, booby-trapping houses, arranging ambushes, rigging entire city blocks as explosive-laden kill zones, and even stocking up on steroids. Entering one house, alone, Bellavia faced the fight of his life against six insurgents, using every weapon at his disposal, including a knife. Bringing to life the terrifying intimacy of hand-to-hand infantry combat, and populated by a well-drawn cast of characters, this is more than just another war story. The book develops the intensely close relationships that form between soldiers under fire, in a harrowing story of triumph, tragedy, and the resiliency of the human spirit.--From publisher description
The ghost in love by Jonathan Carroll( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die, and the ghost that's been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. Going immediately to its boss, the ghost asks, what should I do now? The boss says, we don't know how this happened but we're working on it. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what's going on. The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens--the ghost falls madly in love with the man's girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was "supposed" to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.--From publisher description
Tearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil Spector by Mick Brown( )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. Yet after his family moved to California, he learned everything he could about music, formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To know him is to love him." He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll, originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes, a millionaire by twenty-one, owner of his own label by twenty-two. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new technique called the "wall of sound." But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop culture seemed doomed by the "British Invasion," and he spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior. Though he seemed to improve for a time, even returning to the recording studio to work, it didn't last, and in 2003, the actress Lana Clarkson was found at his home, dead by gunshot
Robert Kennedy : his life by Evan Thomas( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditionally, Robert F. Kennedy has been viewed as either the "Good Bobby," who saw wrong and tried to right it, or the "Bad Bobby" of countless conspiracy theories. Evan Thomas's achievement is to realize RFK as a human being, to bring to life an extraordinarily complex man who was at once kind and cruel, devious and honest, fearful and brave. The portrait that emerges is unvarnished but sympathetic, packed with new details about Kennedy's early life and his behind-the-scenes machinations. In a clear and fast-paced narrative, Thomas cuts through the mythology to reveal a character who, though he died young just as he was reaching for ultimate power, remains one of the century's most fascinating men
The art of war by Sunzi( )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Sun Tzu's Art of war was written more than 2,600 years ago, it stands today as the pre-eminent work on military strategy, the most brilliant exposition of armed conflict ever composed. This profound manual was penned in the age of chariots and spears, yet generals and field commanders have relied upon its wisdom throughout the ages
Bible battles( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explore the biblical world from a military perspective, spanning from the time of Abraham to David's ascension to the throne
The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( Recording )

11 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in English and held by 164 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poignant story of how one man regains his memory and comes to terms with the magnitude of his wife's betrayal. During the years he spends in a neural health facility, Pat Peoples formulates a theory about silver linings: he believes his life is a movie produced by God, his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki; his old friends are saddled with families; the Philadelphia Eagles keep losing, making his father moody; and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy. When Pat meets the tragically widowed and clinically depressed Tiffany, she offers to act as a liaison between him and his wife, if only he will give up watching football, agree to perform in this year's Dance Away Depression competition, and promise not to tell anyone about their "contract." All the while, Pat keeps searching for his silver lining
Building social business : the new kind of capitalism that serves humanity's most pressing needs by Muhammad Yunus( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author describes his vision for an innovative business model that would combine the power of free markets with a quest for a more humane, egalitarian world that could help alleviate world poverty, inequality, and other social problems
The cartel : a novel by Don Winslow( )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A drug lord's prison transfer to Mexico upsets a precarious balance of peace and forcing a DEA agent to come out of retirement to stop the ensuing violence
The contractor by Charles Holdefer( )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Young is a devoted family man and a Gulf War veteran. After a hometown business venture flops, George accepts work overseas as a contracted civilian interrogator for the U.S. government at Omega, a secret holding facility for suspected terrorists. The work pays well, but his personal life is crumbling. His wife, with whom he is forbidden to talk about his work, is becoming more and more enamored of gin and tonic. Worse, during a "routine" interrogation, a detainee dies in George's hands. Frightened and confused, the detainee repeatedly asks, "Who are you?" just before dying. These words echo throughout the novel and send George on a painful journey of self-interrogation and discovery. In order to defend his country and his family, must George betray his humanity?
 
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Imperial life in the emerald city : inside Iraq's green zoneThe Dawn patrolThe curious case of Benjamin Button : and other storiesBanker to the poor : micro-lending and the battle against world povertyThe black hole war : my battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanicsAnd the hippos were boiled in their tanks : [a novel]House to house : an epic memoir of warThe ghost in love