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

Robert Harris’s ‘Dictator’ finds new drama in the lives of Caesar and Cicero

Robert Harris’s ‘Dictator’ finds new drama in the lives of Caesar and Cicero

The last installment of Harris’s Ciceronian trilogy gives shape to a tumultuous era.

Roman tyrants in all their brutal glory

Roman tyrants in all their brutal glory

Tom Holland recounts the ruthless, paranoid, cruel, freakish Roman leaders who followed Julius Caesar.

The divine madness of Groucho Marx

The divine madness of Groucho Marx

Lee Siegel’s biography focuses on the brilliant comic’s assault on propriety and his anti-authority roots.

The writer who liberated the mystery story from drafty castles

The writer who liberated the mystery story from drafty castles

A biography of Wilkie Collins is the latest addition to Peter Ackroyd’s Brief Lives series.