Rambles through Rhode Island and BeyondRambles through Rhode Island and Beyond

Patrick T. Conley

Similar to Patrick Conley’s previous two anthologies, this volume is heavily weighted toward Rhode Island history, of which Dr. Conley is the unchallenged master. Also included are essays on ethnicity, nature, abortion, banking, and the philosophy of history as well as some autobiographical musings. Always interesting and informative, these 38 well-written essays are gems that form a lustrous anthological necklace crafted by Rhode Island’s first historian laureate.

—Dr. John P. Kaminski
Director of The Center for the Study of the American Constitution
and Editor of The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution

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Secrets & ScandalsSecrets & Scandals: Reforming Rhode Island 1986–2006

H. Philip West Jr.

Secrets & Scandals is an astonishing book, and no one but Phil West could have written it. In the long slog of the war against corruption in Rhode Island and the fight for reform, Phil West was at the epicenter, and here he takes you behind the battle lines, with a wealth of material and detail about the issues and the players.

—M. Charles Bakst,
retired Providence Journal political columnist

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The Rhode Island Publications Society Observes Its 40th Birthday, 1974–2014

The Rhode Island Publications Society (RIPS) celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. During that span it has published or co-published more than eighty volumes on various aspects of Rhode Island history and heritage and distributed the books of several local historical societies, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, the Rhode Island Historical Society, and the Diocese of Providence. In addition, it has disseminated books about the state produced by university presses and commercial publishers. | Read more >

The Rhode Island Publications Society (RIPS) is a nonprofit educational and cultural foun­da­tion incorporated in 1981 under Rhode Island law to publish and distribute works relating to Rhode Island’s history, economy, and cultural life. It distributes the publica­tions of the Rhode Island Historical Society, the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Com­mission, the Diocese of Providence, and sev­eral local historical societies. It also markets books dealing with the Rhode Island experience from university presses and commercial publishers.