Dennis Drabelle

Dennis Drabelle came to The Post in 1984, after working as a government lawyer, mostly for the Interior Department, where his subject areas were national parks and endangered wildlife. A native of St. Louis, he is a graduate of St. Louis University and the University of Pennsylvania. His books include “Mile-High Fever,” a history of the Comstock Lode silver rush and the forthcoming “Taming the Octopus: How Two Great American Writers Took on a Notorious Monopoly.”

Latest by Dennis Drabelle

What might have been the sovereign nation of Astoria

What might have been the sovereign nation of Astoria

Peter Stark looks at John Jacob Astor’s fur company, America’s first great business empire

Book World: ‘Moments That Made the Movies’

Book World: ‘Moments That Made the Movies’

Full of memorable photos and savvy commentary by David Thomson, this is a coffee-table book with a brain.

Fiction: ‘The Lost Domain,’ by Alain-Fournier

Fiction: ‘The Lost Domain,’ by Alain-Fournier

The 100th anniversary of the French masterpiece, “Le Grand Meaulnes.”

Biography: ‘Johnny Mercer,’ by Glenn T. Eskew

Biography: ‘Johnny Mercer,’ by Glenn T. Eskew

Historian explores the life of the renowned lyricist and architect of popular music in the 1940s and ’50s.