Richard Fried focuses, in writing and teaching, on Recent US History, primarily on political history with a strong interest in political culture. His first book was Men Against McCarthy (Columbia University Press, 1976). His next was Nightmare in Red: The McCarthy Era in Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1990), an examination of American anti-communism throughout much of the 20th century. His The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Pageantry and Patriotism in Cold-War America (Oxford, 1998) looked at civic and patriotic activities to “bring the Cold War home” in its early years. His The Man Everybody Knew: Bruce Barton and the Making of Modern America (Ivan R. Dee, 2005) is a biography of the famous adman, religious writer and political figure. He
is currently working on a biography of Joseph R. McCarthy. He has enjoyed Fulbright lectureships in Spain and in Vietnam.