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Peter Richardson

The book review editor at The National Memo, Peter also teaches humanities and American studies at San Francisco State University. His publications include No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead (2015); A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America (2009); and American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams (2005). In 2013, he won the National Entertainment Journalism Award for Online Criticism.

Book Review: ‘Dreamland: The True Tale Of America’s Opiate Epidemic’

Dreamland is a tale of two artificial and highly permeable membranes. One separates legal and illegal drugs, the other Mexico and the United States.

June 14, 2015

Book Review: ‘Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul Of Bert Berns And The Dirty Business Of Rhythm And Blues’

‘Here Comes the Night’ by Joel Selvin is the story of Bert Berns, an R&B producer whose “name may be lost, but his music is everywhere.”

May 31, 2015

The Long Sixties: What Did We Know, And When Did We Know It?

If there are lessons to be extracted from these three books, they have as much to do with the dangers of elite consensus as with those of dissent.

May 10, 2015

Book Review: ‘They Know Everything About You’

In his sharp new book, Robert Scheer exposes the bipartisan alliance that undermines American civil liberties.

March 29, 2015

Book Review: ‘The Utopia Of Rules’

Americans think they hate bureaucracy. They’re wrong.

March 15, 2015

Book Review: ‘Becoming Richard Pryor’

Scott Saul’s adroit biography makes the strongest possible case for Pryor’s cultural centrality.

February 21, 2015

Book Review: ‘The Stranger: Barack Obama In The White House’

Chuck Todd’s new book reveals what inside-the-Beltway journalism gets wrong about President Obama.

December 27, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Georgetown Set’

Greg Herken’s deep dive into Cold War Washington reminds us that the good old days weren’t all that good.

December 13, 2014

Book Review: ‘On Highway 61’

A trip down the Great River Road — and through the history of American music.

November 28, 2014

Book Review: ‘You Lie!’

There’s a liar in right-wing agitator Jack Cashill’s new book — but it’s not President Obama.

October 10, 2014

Book Review: ‘Seven Bad Ideas’

How our reverence for markets and aversion to government keeps burning us, time and time again.

September 26, 2014

Book Review: ‘Against Football’

Find out why it’s time to say goodbye to the NFL.

September 19, 2014

Book Review: ‘The Invisible Bridge’

The Invisible Bridge is the third and weightiest installment in Rick Perlstein’s history of postwar American conservatism. The first volume, Before the Storm (2001), culminates in Barry Goldwater’s unsuccessful presidential bid in 1964, and Nixonland (2008) carries the story through Richard Nixon’s landslide reelection in 1972. The Invisible Bridge, which comes in at 810 pages without notes, […]

September 12, 2014