FLORIDA BOYHOOD ADVENTURES IN THE 1940s
CONSPIRACY WHEN FIDEL CASTRO RULED
Ray has taught at Boston University, Georgetown University, the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and SUNY-College at Brockport. He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and a Scholar-in-Residence at the C.I.A. in Langley, Virginia.
An avid world traveler, Ray's non-fiction publications include books and articles on world politics, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, Cuba and Mexico. His novels draw from true events, on-site research and extensive interviews. When not writing or travelling, he does community service and local politics—and plays a round or two of golf.
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MEXICO'S DANGEROUS BORDER
Raymond dropped out of the University of California, Riverside, at 19, hitchhiked to NYC with a friend, and boarded a Greek ship for Europe. After hitch-hiking in western Europe, living in youth hostels and experiencing a serious motorcycle crash, his adventures crystallized a love of international affairs. He returned to the US, hitch-hiked back to Riverside and re-entered the University and earned a BA in Political Science.
While in graduate school at the University of Illinois, the US Army drafted and trained him in counter-intelligence at Ft. Holabird, MD, and then sent him to Stuttgart, Germany. Not a bad thing, because there he orchestrated an “early out” from military service to go to Paris to study French—in preparation for graduate school. At the L’Alliance Francaise Paris, sitting in a French class, he met his future wife, Ute Maria. They were married in Boston, where Ray earned a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts-Harvard.