Books by Peter Richmond

JOHN MADDEN by Peter Richmond
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 30, 2019

"For football nerds who wonder about the 'Madden' behind their favorite video game. (index, author's note, photos) (Biography. 10-12)"
"Doink!" A biography of sports icon and train lover John Madden, who, at his core, is still just a big fan himself. Read full book review >
ALWAYS A CATCH by Peter Richmond
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 4, 2014

"Football forms the backbone, but music courses through the veins of a dynamic but thoughtful novel of self-discovery.(Fiction. 12-16)"
First-generation rich boy Jack is shipped off to prestigious Oakhurst Hall, where he makes varsity football as a walk-on, molds potheads into a recording-worthy band, wows teachers with his insightful writing and meets the intriguing Caroline—but Jack's a teen, so there's plenty of angst and self-analysis, too. Read full book review >
PHIL JACKSON by Peter Richmond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"The book would have been more engaging as an oral history, weaving together stories and observations from Jackson's colleagues, teammates and friends. The narrative ends with the author no closer to validating his premise that Jackson's 'Zen thing' has been the key to his success."
Richmond (Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders, 2010, etc.) examines how the legendary coach's search for spiritual truths may have served as the blueprint for his future coaching success. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2008

"Touchdown, Gifford!"
NFL great Gifford (The Whole Ten Yards, with Harry Waters, 1993) reminisces about the legendary game between his New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts. Read full book review >
FEVER by Peter Richmond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2006

"A vivid montage of American pop at its peak. "
GQ contributing editor Richmond gives the great singer-composer her due. Read full book review >
MY FATHER'S WAR by Peter Richmond
HISTORY
Released: June 19, 1996

This account of a search for a father's past is deftly done, avoiding the pitfalls of self-righteousness and paternal aggrandizement. GQ correspondent Richmond (Ballpark, 1993) set out a few years ago to learn about his father's war experiences. Tom Richmond, who died in a plane crash in 1960 when his son was seven years old, was a Marine officer who fought in three savage battles in the Pacific in WW II. He was one of only 74 Marines in that war who were awarded two silver stars. After starting a family of his own, Richmond felt compelled to find out firsthand what his father went through a half-century ago. ``If I were to die knowing nothing about the battles, the truth and horror and beauty of Guadalcanal, New Britain, and Peleliu would have been lost to two generations: mine and my son's.'' So he devoured books on the Pacific war, combed the official Marine records, interviewed many of his father's fellow Marines, and made two trips to the Pacific to visit battlefields. Richmond tells his story well, using an effective mixture of war reporting and personal reflection. His most affecting writing comes in the sections where he describes literally walking in his father's footsteps. This is tricky terrain, but Richmond resists the temptation to idealize his father, offering instead some evocative reporting, spiced with frank, thoughtful ideas about his father's character and legacy and the impact they continue to have on his own life. In the end, Richmond frees himself from the burden of being a hero's son. ``I am relinquishing my father the ideal, and coming to terms with my father the man, and allowing myself, finally—much later than most of the people I know—to let go of him.'' (For a full account of the war in the Pacific, see Eric Bergerud, Touched with Fire, p. XXX.) An accomplished work that recreates the horrors of the Pacific in WW II and honors the Americans who fought there. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 2, 1993

The well-told story of how Baltimore came to have a jewel of a ballpark rather than a cookie-cutter stadium for its only remaining major-league franchise, the Orioles. Drawing on a wealth of first-rate reportage, Richmond assesses the many factors involved in the creation of a single-use facility whose quirky charms rival those of such fabled baseball venues as Boston's Fenway Park and Chicago's Wrigley Field. In consistently entertaining, if frequently digressive, fashion, the author recounts the pivotal roles played by the late Edward Bennett Williams (whose persistent threats to move the club he owned to his Washington, D.C., bailiwick kept local pols in the game), William Donald Schaefer (now governor of Maryland, but formerly mayor of Baltimore), and a host of lesser lights. Covered as well are the debates over funding, site selection (downtown near the historic Camden Yards railroad station), and design. Richmond pays particularly close attention to the architectural and municipal influences that somehow yielded a park that's in the diamond game's best traditions rather than in the mode of recently built anonymously symmetric shells located off interstate highways. Between the beginning and end of his box score—bracketed by a narrative account of the first game played at Camden Yards, on the opening day of 1992 (a win for the Orioles)—Richmond captures much of what makes baseball a perdurable national pastime. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen) Read full book review >