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Porter, Ray

Works: 61 works in 189 publications in 1 language and 6,643 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Juvenile works  Children's films  Biography  Short stories  Animated films  Biographical films  Personal narratives‡vAmerican  Documentary television programs 
Roles: Narrator
Classifications: HD6955, 813.54
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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( )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 655 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich Tim Ferriss is an extraordinary young man on a mission. The twenty-eight-year-old serial vagabond and successful entrepreneur has been teaching a wildly popular course at Princeton University for the past four years -- a how-to and why-to guide to throwing out the old tools and methods for success (balancing life and work, retiring well, having a great nest egg) and replacing them with a whole new way of living. Readers can lead a rich life by working only four hours a week, freeing up the rest of their time to spend it living the lives they want. The four-hour work week shows and explains: What is a lifestyle entrepreneur -- and why you should want to become one; How to kill your job; How to design a life; How to replace your dreams with goals; The 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity; How to add life after subtracting work; How to DEAL: define, eliminate, automate, and liberate; How to find your muse
Imperial life in the emerald city : inside Iraq's green zone by Rajiv Chandrasekaran( )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this unprecedented account, The Washington Post's former Baghdad bureau chief takes us into the Green Zone, headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq. In this bubble separated from wartime realities, the task of reconstructing a devastated nation competes with the distractions of a Little America--a half-dozen bars, a disco, a shopping mall--much of it run by Halliburton. The country is put into the hands of inexperienced twentysomethings chosen for their Republican Pary loyalty. Ignoring what Iraqis say they want or need, the team pursues irrelevant neoconservative solutions and pie-in-the-sky policies instead of rebuilding looted buildings and restoring electricity. Their almost comic initiatives anger the locals and fuel the insurgency
The curious case of Benjamin Button : and other stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald( Recording )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 318 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
The Dawn patrol by Don Winslow( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Boone Daniels lives to surf. Every morning he's out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is. Or nearly: they have "real jobs." Boone works as a PI just enough to keep himself in fish tacos-and in the water whenever the waves are "epic macking crunchy." But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police. He blames himself, just as almost everyone in the department did, for not being able to save her. Unexpectedly, Boone finds himself with the chance to make amends. It might mean missing the most colossal waves he's liable ever to encounter, not to mention putting the Dawn Patrol in serious harm's way, but the new investigation gives him a wilder ride than any he's ever imagined
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 287 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 277 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 276 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 )

7 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 259 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 238 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
The ghost in love by Jonathan Carroll( Recording )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Surviving an accident that was supposed to have killed him, a man perplexes a ghost who was to guide him to the afterlife and who is assigned to be his companion while higher authorities investigate the mistake
Robert Kennedy : his life by Evan Thomas( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 199 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 this 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
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 184 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
Bible battles( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 173 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
Joan of Arc( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tells the story of Joan of Arc who leads the battle to protect the French city of Orleans from the English invaders and is later kidnapped and burned at the stake by the English
Brotherhood of the wolf by David Farland( )

7 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A heroic prince battles an evil conqueror who has stolen the virtues of thousands of his people. It happens in a land where the powerful appropriate their subjects' intelligence, strength, even wit, leaving them an empty shell
The contractor by Charles Holdefer( )

9 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 139 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?
Anonymous lawyer by Jeremy Blachman( Recording )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He's a hiring partner at one of the world's largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight. He hates holidays and paralegals. And he's just started a weblog to tell the world about what life is really like at the top of his profession. Meet Anonymous Lawyer- corner office, granite desk, and a billable rate of $6.75 an hour. But he's also got a few problems that require his attention. There's The Jerk, his bitter rival at the firm, who is determined to do whatever it takes to beat him out for the chairman's job. There's Anonymous Wife, who is spending his money as fast as he can make it
How it ended : new and collected stories by Jay McInerney( )

3 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 131 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of short stories unveils the manic flux of our society as they capture various stages of adulthood: a young man confronting the class system at a summer resort; a young woman holed up in a remote cabin while her boyfriend campaigns for the highest office; a couple whose experiments in sexuality cross every line; a doctor who treats convicts and is coming to terms with his own criminal past; a youthful socialite returning home to nurse her mother; a family celebrating the holidays while mired in loss; and more
The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 127 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
Super Mario : how Nintendo conquered America by Jeff Ryan( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on the Super Mario franchise, Jeff Ryan chronicles Nintendo's rise in North America. Here, Ryan explains how Mario became the best selling franchise in video game history and reveals how Nintendo has reinvented itself over and over again to stay one step ahead in the market
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The 4-hour work week : escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich
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Imperial life in the emerald city : inside Iraq's green zoneThe curious case of Benjamin Button : and other storiesThe Dawn patrolBanker to the poor : [micro-lending and the battle against world poverty]The 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