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.


110 entries by Darrell Delamaide

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The New Builders

By Seth Levine and Elizabeth MacBride

The New Builders

Do nontraditional entrepreneurs hold the key to America’s economic success?

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How to Handle a Narrative

Sometimes, you yearn for straightforward storytelling.

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“We Are All Ukrainians”

History has many lessons for Russia and the world.

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Beyond Fake News

Unfortunately, media bias now reigns supreme.

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Busting the Genres

How literary does a thriller have to be?

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Hearing Is Believing

Audiobooks come into their own.

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The Streaming Boom

Book series fuel the new golden age of television.

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A Classic(s) Dilemma

Read what you like or what you should?

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The New Builders: Face to Face with the TRUE Future of Business

Do nontraditional entrepreneurs hold the key to America’s economic success?

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Dive Deep

Trust your instincts and read far into favorite authors’ backlists.

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The World of Barry Unsworth

Reading a literary master in the time of covid-19.

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Timeless Storytelling

Don’t pigeonhole historical novelists.

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Dollars & Derring-Do

Financial thrillers are fun — even when their plots are trumped by real life.

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From Page to Screen…and Back

The joy of bingeing book-inspired TV in the time of corona.

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Modernizing Money

A new book explains how a formerly fringe theory works during a mainstream pandemic.

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A Largely Teutonic Tale

Two recent works examine the roots of the E.U. conundrum.

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Midnight in Berlin?

Of hunting real-life Nazis, and other German stories.

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Have Guide, Will Travel

Old-fashioned handbooks take you further than you think.

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Read In, Not Through

A former professor’s tip yields many new lessons.

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Older and Wiser?

Becoming enamored of “senior” protagonists.

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The Unbearable Serendipity of Being

A lucky find yields the world’s best dictionary

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Editorial. Writers.

When the pros behind the scenes become authors themselves.

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Literally Literate

A love of language motivates a stickler for grammar.

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Simple Folk?

Don’t relegate anyone to elegies.

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Advanced-Remedial Reading

Defeated by your TBR pile? Head back to class!

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The Silent Treatment

The serenity of monastic quietude is great for a visit, but hard for life

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Tim Kaine and Me

Can a Jesuit education help bridge the partisan divide?

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Overcoming Rejection

Proof that persistence can see you through

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Fighting Fake News

It’ll hurt, but there is a way.

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No Laughing Matter?

Mysteries and thrillers tend to be grimly serious, but a little humor doesn’t hurt.

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Hollow Man

The ultimate journalistic temptation is to remain a voyeur of life

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Saving Precious Books

Gripping tales of preserving endangered cultures

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Decrypting Signs of the Times

Murder isn’t the only mystery in this French intellectual thriller

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The Death of Print? Hardly.

Print books are experiencing “a veritable renaissance.”

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Me and Dan Brown

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

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Fight or Flight

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

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Reveling in the Arcane

Authentic, esoteric details can help sustain a series

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Nostalgia Is Not Enough

Hollywood needs to outgrow its love of comic books

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Islands unto Themselves

How remote landscapes bring stories to life on the small screen

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Dystopian Dreams

Literary sci-fi imagines a dark future

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Et Tu, Readers?

You mean you’re not studying Latin, either?

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The Politics of Anti-Intellectualism

A little learning can be a dangerous thing.

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Less Is More

Editors make writing better by taking out words

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Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

A playful, erudite guide to our culinary evolution.

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Turn Your Armchair into a Magic Carpet

How travel writing whisks you off to exotic places.

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An Unheralded Genre

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

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Philosophy: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Exploring the meaning of life is not an academic discipline.

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Literary Comfort Food

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

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The World of “Cli-Fi”

Writers use fiction to make climate change real.

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Hollywood Meets the Classics

The Library of America spotlights great film adaptations

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Polishing Haloes

Hagiography glorifies saints and heroes — and we need that.

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A Matter of Taste

Food books can enlighten, but don’t overeat

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The Image Is Everything

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

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Map Quest

Why books that chart the world ignite our imagination

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Gourmet Gumshoe

Nero Wolfe: a locavore ahead of his time

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Formula for Success

Does “Moneyball” have a place in publishing?

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Reader’s Block

What to do when you lose your appetite for books?

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Frankenstein Lives!

Life lessons from a monster who won’t die

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Ali and Nino

A timeless classic with lessons for today

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The Gifts that Keep on Giving

Why books are perfect for every occasion

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Surrender, Readers!

You have nothing to lose but your guilt.

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The High Castle of Imagination

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

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Forgotten but Not Gone

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

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Stranger Than Truth?

Why writers should make up their characters' names.

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Fonts of Knowledge

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

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Historical Fictions

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

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Echoes of Chaucer

Hearing language with your inner ear

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The House of Wolfe: A Border Noir

By James Carlos Blake

The House of Wolfe: A Border Noir

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

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Fellow Travelers

Why stories should always be in your suitcase.

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Save the Date!

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

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Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

Why reading is the perfect antidote to multitasking.

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The Empire of Night: A Christopher Marlowe Cobb Thriller

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

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Stop the Presses

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

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Breakfast and a Book

Readers still hunger for the human touch.

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In Defense of Amazon

Why the big boys doth protest too much.

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Seven Wonders: A Novel

By Ben Mezrich

Seven Wonders: A Novel

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

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A Most Wanted Man

Hoffman film is not "Le Carré light."

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Replay: A Thriller

By Marc Levy

Replay: A Thriller

After traveling back in time, Andrew Stilman has two months to figure out who murders him and avoid dying a second time.

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Past (and Future) Perfect

The particular allure of historical and post-apocalyptic fiction.

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Bookish Karma’s Gonna Get You

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

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My Bucket List

Never put off until tomorrow what you can read today.

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Staying Power

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

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A Farm Dies Once a Year: A Memoir

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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The Original One-Man Show

Authors are the only ones truly flying solo.

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The Top 10 Book-to-Film Adaptations

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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Reading Cookbooks

Are foodie tomes becoming their own genre?

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go

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

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Tatiana: A Novel

By Martin Cruz Smith

Tatiana: A Novel

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

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Changing History

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

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In Search Of Adventure

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

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The Third Man: One Story—Two Works of Art

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

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A Gatsby for Our Times?

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

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Alan Forrest

Napoleon: Life, Legacy, and Image: A Biography

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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