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Porter, Ray

Works: 66 works in 237 publications in 1 language and 6,622 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  History  Drama  Children's films  Biography  Short stories  Biographical films  Juvenile works  Animated films  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Narrator
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( )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 604 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( )

16 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Finalist for the National Book Award, 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 )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 326 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
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 300 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( )

12 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 294 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 274 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( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 250 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
Tearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil Spector by Mick Brown( )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 196 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
The ghost in love by Jonathan Carroll( Recording )

10 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 192 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
Robert Kennedy : his life by Evan Thomas( Recording )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 192 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( )

12 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 180 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 176 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 by Victor Fleming( Visual )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 171 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( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 163 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
And the hippos were boiled in their tanks : [a novel] by William S Burroughs( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This novel brings to life a shocking murder at the dawn of the Beat Generation
The contractor by Charles Holdefer( )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 148 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
House to house : an epic memoir of war by David Bellavia( Recording )

7 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross nominee traces his 2004 tour of duty in Fallujah, documenting his participation in grueling hand-to-hand battles against insurgents in countless sabotaged homes
The silver linings playbook by Matthew Quick( )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After Pat Peoples and his wife Nikki separate, he goes to live with his parents but everything seems changed. No one wants to talk to him about Nikki, his old friends are busy with their families, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as therapy. He meets Tiffany, a clinically depressed widow, who offers to act as a liaison between the couple if Pat will give up watching football, agrees to perform in the Dance Away Depression competition and not tell anyone about their contract
Anonymous lawyer by Jeremy Blachman( )

6 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 132 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. --From publisher description
The second life of Nick Mason by Steve Hamilton( Recording )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Nick Mason is out of prison. After five years inside, he has just been given the one thing a man facing 25-to-life never gets, a second chance. But it comes at a terrible price. Nick Mason is out of prison, but he's not free. Whenever his cell phone rings, day or night, he must answer it and follow whatever order he is given. It's the deal he made with Darius Cole, a criminal kingpin serving a double-life term who still runs an empire from his prison cell. Forced to commit increasingly more dangerous crimes, hunted by the relentless detective who put him behind bars, and desperate to go straight and rebuild his life with his daughter and ex-wife, Nick will ultimately have to risk everything--his family, his sanity, and even his life--to finally break free"--
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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 poverty]The black hole war : my battle with Stephen Hawking to make the world safe for quantum mechanicsTearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil SpectorThe ghost in loveRobert Kennedy : his life
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