Richard Critchfield was from North Dakota, and of a very midwestern background. His father was a country doctor from the Great Plains.
Born in Minneapolis, he graduated from the University of Washington and earned a master's degree at Columbia University.
Mr. Critchfield was in Vietnam for four years for the Washington Star, and wrote for the Washington Star for 10 years in total, and was on its editorial staff.
- 1981 MacArthur Fellows Program
- 1970 The Alice Patterson Fellowship
- "The Alice Patterson Foundation Newsletters of Richard Critchfield"
- "The New Environment of Foreign Aid", The Nation, May 15, 1972
- "Science and the Villager: The Last Sleeper Wakes", Foreign Affairs, Fall 1982
- An American looks at Britain. Doubleday. 1990. ISBN 978-0385244572.
- Trees, why do you wait?: America's changing rural culture. Island Press. 1991. ISBN 978-1-55963-028-3.
- The villagers: changed values, altered lives : the closing of the urban-rural gap. Anchor Books. 1981. ISBN 978-0-385-17212-7. (reprint 1994 ISBN 978-0-385-42050-1
- Critchfield, Richard (1990-06-18). "Christopher Hitchens and Richard Critchfield - On C-SPAN discussing America and Britain". C-SPAN. 0:25:15: YouTube. Retrieved 2016-09-06.
- on YouTube
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