Peter Richardson

Peter Richardson has written critically acclaimed books about Hunter S. Thompson, the Grateful Dead, Ramparts magazine, and radical author/editor Carey McWilliams.

Richardson’s essays have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times Book Review, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, California, Guernica, California History, and many other outlets. Excerpts of his work have been published by the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Bookforum. A busy book reviewer, Richardson received the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism in 2013.

Since 2006, Richardson has taught courses on California culture at San Francisco State University. He has been interviewed on related topics for documentary films, newspaper and magazine stories, podcasts, and public radio programs in North America and abroad. He also speaks frequently at universities, museums, book festivals, and historical societies.

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Books in order of publication:

American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams – 2005

A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America – 2009

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead – 2015

Savage Journey: Hunter S. Thompson and the Weird Road to Gonzo – 2022

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