Dick Munson is the author of five books, most recently George Fabyan, a biography of the Gilded-Age tycoon who broke ciphers, ended wars, manipulated sound, built a levitation machine, and organized the modern research center. Dick's From Edison to Enron recounts the history of electricity and suggests an innovation-based vision for the power industry. Cardinals of Capitol Hill traces the machinations of congressional appropriators who control government spending, and Cousteau: The Captain and His World examines the ocean explorer and filmmaker.
Dick has worked in the private sector, on Capitol Hill, and with non-profit organizations in order to advance clean energy and environmental protection. He has been senior vice president at Recycled Energy Development (RED), a Chicago-based firm that seeks to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by advancing efficiency and capturing and recycling waste energy. In Washington, D.C., he directed the Northeast-Midwest Institute and coordinated with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions, bipartisan caucuses that conducted policy research and drafted legislation on agriculture, economic development, brownfields redevelopment, energy, environmental, water quality, and manufacturing issues. The Coalitions supported the Great Lakes Task Forces and Manufacturing Task Forces of the United States Senate and House of Representatives.
Dick also has served as executive director of the Solar Lobby, executive director of the Center for Renewable Resources, co-coordinator of Sun Day (an international celebration of alternative energy), coordinator of the Environmental Action Foundation, and lecturer in history at the University of Michigan.