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“Julian Raven's Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant's Odyssey and His Free Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption, is as timely a book as any can be. For it reveals exactly how Janus-faced one of our most revered 'governmental' institutions can be in its ideological, legal, and political maneuverings. To be sure, the Smithsonian is replete with fine curators, researchers, technicians, and others who increase our knowledge on an almost daily basis. Yet should one run afoul of certain 'apparatchiks' therein for holding or painting or publishing the "wrong" perspective, watch out. Do let Mr. Raven tell you what that warning means by reading his book. I know that once you do, the Castle on the National Mall will remind you far less of James Smithson and far more of Franz Kafka.” Dr. Richard Von Sternberg, Evolutionary Biologist and Smithsonian Controversy subject in the Documentary ‘Expelled- No Intelligence Allowed’ by Ben Stein
"Julian Raven has written a wonderful book about his own Pilgrim’s Progress confrontation with America's cultural and legal elite—a funny, revealing, and entertaining story of one man’s struggle against overwhelming odds. “Odious and Cerberus: An American immigrant's Odyssey and His Free Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption” is in itself a work of art, as a self-portrait of the artist as Protestant Pilgrim. Must reading for anyone interested in America, Art, Law, Politics or Religion—or just in search of an entertaining read."
"Julian, your work is brilliant. It does not surprise me that the Smithsonian stiffed you. That’s who they are."
“Anyone who enjoys David versus Goliath stories should read Julian Raven’s Odious and Cerberus: An American Immigrant’s Odyssey and His Free Speech Legal War Against Smithsonian Corruption. Although this particular David—Mr. Raven—may have lost the battle against this particular Goliath—the Smithsonian Institution—he won the war of principle.” —Scott Douglas Gerber, Professor of Law at Ohio Northern University and author of, among other books, A Distinct Judicial Power: The Origins of an Independent Judiciary, 1606-1787
"You’ve done a wonderful job of conveying joyfulness, playfulness, and love of America such as is rarely seen in native-born Americans. We natives need you immigrants to give us perspective, like we find in Os Guiness, Douglas Murray, and Yeonmi Park, for example, in speaking of our condition as a nation."
"Julian tells an epic tale of a vision quest and the tangled path endured in attempts to bring it to fruition. Part Odysseus, part Don Quixote, he tells an immigrant's tale of love for his country and reveals the opportunities it offers. Part memoir, part current events, sprinkled with doses of history and jurisprudence, it tells of Julian's tenacious efforts to bring his quest into full light."
"Bold! Entertaining! Julian Raven, the self-proclaimed nobody artist, shares a fascinating tale of his audacious and faith-fused journey to the gates of the gargantuan museum and the battles he found within. Raven’s love for God and country are inspiring."
"In a world where Presidents 'lead' through focus groups, and the rest of us calibrate our opinions and expressions to stay within designated lanes, Julian Raven is an 18- wheeler crashing through our timorous barriers. Odious and Cerberus is a forceful love letter to America, the land that Julian chose to make his own. It should, hence, shame Americans and foreigners alike who have lived off its munificent gifts- without replenishing them. A book such as this could only be written by an unabashedly religious man with an extraordinary and catholic appreciation of the world."