My recent book on James Madison — Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America – examines the often-overlooked Madison’s great work on the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, the Bill of Rights, the founding America’s first political party, the Louisiana Purchase, and as America’s first war president in the War of 1812. He achieved so much because of his gift of working with others — Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, and his wife Dolley. The book won the the William H. Prescott Award of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.
I examined charismatic, mysterious Aaron Burr in American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America. Burr almost took the presidency from Thomas Jefferson in 1800 and killed Alexander Hamilton in the duel featured on Broadway in the Hamilton musical, still compelling drama two centuries later. Yet his story became more fantastic as he led a Western expedition that threatened to destroy the nation and landed him on trial for treason. The book won the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati for 2013.
My first book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, was praised in the New York Times, hit the Washington Post bestseller list and won the Washington Writing Award for Best Book of 2007.
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy grew from my experience defending a Senate impeachment trial. At a time when America had to heal the wounds of the Civil War and protect four million freed slaves, Andrew Johnson did neither, triggering a titanic impeachment drama with no winners but also long-neglected evidence of bribery in the Senate vote.
In 2013, Kensington Books released my first novel. The Lincoln Deception explores the secrets behind the John Wilkes Booth conspiracy. In 1900, Dr. Jamie Fraser hears a deathbed disclosure from the prosecutor of the Booth conspirators, then seeks the truth about the Lincoln assassination. He joins with Speed Cook, the last black man in big league baseball, an assertive “race man.” Publishers Weekly called it “an impressive debut novel.”
The Wilson Deception reunites Fraser and Cook at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919, trying to free Cook’s son from military injustice and prevent a renewal of the war. The Washington Post called it “another terrific Fraser and Cook mystery.”
The Babe Ruth Deception, just released, brings Fraser and Cook back to New York in 1920 and 1921 — when the Babe he reinvented baseball with a barrage of Yankee home runs, and also the time of Prohibition and the notorious Black Sox scandal. Our heroes fight gangsters and bigotry to protect the legendary slugger.
As a lawyer, I argued before juries and the U.S. Supreme Court. My writing includes reporting for the Staten Island Advance, a decade of monthly Supreme Court columns for the American Bar Association Journal, and pieces in the Washington Post, its Sunday Magazine, and on the Echoes page of Bloomberg View, History News Network, and American Heritage.
Since 2011, I have been president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, which posts new reviews and book-related content daily.
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David O. Stewart’s first book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, was a Washington Post bestseller and won the Washington Writing Award as Best Book of 2007. Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, was called “the best account of this troubled episode.” American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, examines Burr’s Western expedition, which landed him on trial for treason. The Washington Post called Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, a portrait “rich in empathy and understanding” by “an acknowledged master of narrative history.” David also writes fiction. Bloomberg View said The Lincoln Deception, about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, was the best historical novel of 2013. The Washington Post described The Wilson Deception, set at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, as ““Another terrific Fraser and Cook mystery.” In its review of The Babe Ruth Deception in 2016, the Washington Times described David as “one of our best new writers of historical mysteries.” He is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books.
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News from Maryland’s finest public official, Nancy Floreen (also my wife), can be found at http://nancyfloreen.blogspot.com. And updates about the real writing talent in the family can be found at my son’s website, www.matt-stewart.com. Matt Stewart’s novel, The French Revolution, was long-listed for the 2011 Indies Choice awards and was listed as a Best Book of 2010 by the San Francisco Chronicle.