Darrell Delamaide

Darrell Delamaide is a writer and journalist living in Washington, D.C. He is the author of two nonfiction books, Debt Shock and The New Superregions of Europe, and a financial thriller, Gold. He has specialized in economics and business over a long journalism career. Born in Kansas and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Delamaide was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany and has a master’s degree from Columbia University. He spent several years as a foreign correspondent in Paris and other European cities.


71 entries by Darrell Delamaide

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We had many of the same ideas. He did more with them.

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Two recent novels pose the question, "Which is braver?"

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Authentic, esoteric details can help sustain a series

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Hollywood needs to outgrow its love of comic books

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How remote landscapes bring stories to life on the small screen

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Literary sci-fi imagines a dark future

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You mean you’re not studying Latin, either?

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A little learning can be a dangerous thing.

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Editors make writing better by taking out words

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A playful, erudite guide to our culinary evolution.

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How travel writing whisks you off to exotic places.

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In an adventure story, getting there is all the fun.

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Exploring the meaning of life is not an academic discipline.

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An appreciation of Robert Goddard’s delectably “romantic” thrillers.

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Writers use fiction to make climate change real.

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The Library of America spotlights great film adaptations

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Hagiography glorifies saints and heroes — and we need that.

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Food books can enlighten, but don’t overeat

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Sometimes it's what's on the outside that counts

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Why books that chart the world ignite our imagination

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Nero Wolfe: a locavore ahead of his time

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Does “Moneyball” have a place in publishing?

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What to do when you lose your appetite for books?

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Life lessons from a monster who won’t die

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A timeless classic with lessons for today

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Why books are perfect for every occasion

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You have nothing to lose but your guilt.

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Influential sci-fi author Philip K. Dick comes to TV

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Lesser-known works by famous authors can make for a great read.

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Why writers should make up their characters' names.

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In praise of the printed word (and the typeface that makes it look so good).

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It’s okay to have a little fun with the facts.

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Hearing language with your inner ear

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The House of Wolfe: A Border Noir

By James Carlos Blake

This noir thriller kicks into high gear after a slow start.

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Why stories should always be in your suitcase.

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When it comes to launching books, timing is (apparently) everything.

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Why reading is the perfect antidote to multitasking.

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Strong characters and a vivid sense of place make this third installment in the Cobb series a winner.

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Turning to books, not the paper, for reliable news.

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Readers still hunger for the human touch.

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Why the big boys doth protest too much.

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Seven Wonders

Ben Mezrich

A rollicking, imperfect thriller that may play out better on the big screen.

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Hoffman film is not "Le Carré light."

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The particular allure of historical and post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Are we destined to encounter the same authors over and over again?

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Never put off until tomorrow what you can read today.

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Are e-books truly e-ternal? Columnist Darrell Delamaide isn't so sure.

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In a book that is about much more than farming, Arlo Crawford details the hard work required for agriculture and the work required for self-fulfillment and discovery.

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Authors are the only ones truly flying solo.

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Just in time for Academy Award season, a look at the movies that best honor the books from which they came.

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Are foodie tomes becoming their own genre?

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When it comes to mysteries, it’s all about location, location, location.

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Tatiana

Martin Cruz Smith

Older and wiser, Arkady Renko investigates the links between a mysterious meeting and a crusading journalist's death.

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Deception-themed novels remind us how little we can ever really know about history.

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Whether in print or on screen, action is no substitute for adventure.

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Darrell Delamaide looks at relationship between novel and film in the case of The Third Man.

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Darrell Delamaide explains why he'll be sitting out on the latest Great Gatsby film.

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Alan Forrest

This excellent but relatively compact view of Napoleon’s life and achievements offers a sweeping assessment of what he has meant for the history of Europe.

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"Do I really need to keep so many books in the age of e-books and print on demand?"

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Writer Darrell Delamaide takes the GoodReads challenge to read a book a week in the New Year set in a different country.

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Peter Englund

Amid the overwhelming misery of war, journals and private letters show the resilience of the human spirit.

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Darrell Delamaide writes about his journey from traditional to self-publishing.

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Martin Walker

Murder amid the truffle-scented good life in southern France, in a follow-on to Bruno, Chief of Police.

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Buying books has gotten to be pretty complicated. Blogger Darrell Delamaide lays out your options.

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Edited by John Donohue

Cooking exploits of some famous and not-so-famous men.

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Darrell Delamaide asks whether 'tis better to read in translation, or with a dictionary at your elbow?

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Jason Goodwin

The latest adventure of the eunuch investigator Yashim in the Byzantine world of the Ottoman Empire.

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Branko Milanovic

Branko Milanovic's brief and idiosyncratic history of inequality around the globe