Darcy G. Richardson
Darcy G. Richardson is the author of more than a dozen books covering American political history. Richardson’s books on American history and politics — one of which earned an Outstanding Academic Title (OAT) from scholarly Choice magazine in 2005 — were cited in Newsweek’s “What You Need to Read” section in July 2010. His most recent book, Bernie: A Lifelong Crusade Against Wall Street & Wealth, was published by Sevierville Publishing in December 2015.
Richardson is also the author of The Lowest Ebb, a 559-page biography of six-time Socialist Party presidential aspirant Norman M. Thomas with a special focus on the former Presbyterian minister's lonely quest for the brass ring in the extraordinarily difficult presidential campaign of 1944, a year when the so-called "Greatest Generation" had little time for the man later described as "the American Isaiah" and "the nation's conscience" while limiting its choices to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Republican Thomas E. Dewey. Richardson's Battling Bob: Fighting the Financial Oligarchy, a riveting account of Wall Street's determined effort to stymie Robert M. La Follette's insurgent progressive candidacy for the White House in 1924, a year when the country's powerful financial titans looked favorably on both major-party candidates — Republican Calvin Coolidge and Democratic nominee John W. Davis, a lawyer for J. P. Morgan — will be released in late July.
Long active in third-party politics, Richardson has rubbed shoulders with some of the best-known political figures of the past three decades. In addition to managing one of the late Minnesota Senator Eugene J. McCarthy’s campaigns and serving as a senior advisor in another, Richardson ran for Pennsylvania Auditor General in 1980 and for the U.S. Senate eight years later on the Philadelphia-based Consumer Party ticket. In 2012, he offered himself as a protest candidate in several Democratic presidential primaries, briefly challenging Wall Street’s increasingly corrupt influence on the Democratic Party and the nation’s body politic.
A resident of Jacksonville, Florida, Richardson has been quoted in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and has written numerous articles for a wide range of publications. His books, moreover, have been cited in hundreds of scholarly works, including The Socialist Party of America: A Complete History (University of Nebraska Press, 2015), a remarkably prodigious and refreshingly accurate analysis of the Socialist Party's role in American history by Brooklyn writer Jack Ross, Garrison Nelson's masterful Pathways to the US Supreme Court: From the Arena to the Monastery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), and Jeff Taylor's richly-detailed and provocative Politics on a Human Scale: The American Tradition of Decentralism (Lexington Books, 2013).
One of the books in Richardson's award-winning series on independent and third-party politics in the United States — a seven-volume history from the nation's founding to the present — was recently cited in People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy (Nation Books, 2016 ), a thoughtful and timely polemic co-authored by Nation correspondent John Nichols and longtime independent-media advocate Robert W. McChesney. It was also cited more recently in Organizing Democracy: Reflections on the Rise of Political Organizations in the Nineteenth Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), edited by Dutch professors Henk te Velde and Maartje Janse of Leiden University's Institute for History.
A frequent guest on radio talk shows across the country, Richardson has appeared on several nationally-syndicated radio programs, including the progressive “Thom Hartmann Show,” NPR, Radio New Zealand, and Ric Bratton's "This Week in America."
Darcy can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at (904) 442-6254.