George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father

Amazon #1 Bestseller; History Prize, Society of the Cincinnati; George Washington Memorial Award

""[A]n outstanding biography that both avoids hagiography and acknowledges the greatness of Washington's character. . . Mr. Stewart's writing is clear, often superlative, his judgments are nuanced, and the whole has a narrative drive such a life deserves."

Wall Street Journal

"David O. Stewart brings his characteristic grace and skill to this portrait of the political George Washington. . . . Stewart's book is a welcome reminder of the possibilities, however imperfect, of the public arena." 

Jon Meacham

"An important new portrait of our first president.  As Stewart demonstrates time and time again, with vivid prose and a wonderful sense of pacing, great leaders are also great learners.  In this time of division and turmoil, this is the book we need.”

Nathaniel Philbrick

"A must for fans of biographies."

Library Journal

Launching Nov. 30The New Land (Book 1 of The Overstreet Trilogy)

Seeking land and a new life, the Oberstrasse family lands on the wild Maine coast in 1753.  They find that the American frontier teems with conniving swindlers, hostile French and Indians, killing diseases, and then a powerful movement for independence from Britain.  Soon they will reinvent themselves as the Overstreets of Maine. Johann puts aside his soldiering past to learn carpentry and furniture-making.

But even an ocean cannot protect the Overstreets from some evils of their old world.  War follows them, first in a desperate struggle against France and her Indian allies, and then in the fierce fight for American independence.  The new land, and peace, come at a high price.

"David O. Stewart's new novel The New Land will have fans eager for the rest of the coming trilogy. Stewart shines as one of our leading authors of historical fiction." -- James Grady, author of SIX DAYS OF THE CONDOR and MAD DOGS.

The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution

"…I wish today’s political leaders, especially in Washington, would show the courage and willingness to fight for what they believe in, but possess an understanding of the need to compromise to solve the nation’s problems. They all need to go off and read [The Summer of] 1787."

—General Colin Powell, New York Times Book Review


Watch David’s The Summer of 1787 interview on C-SPAN's Q&A show

About David

As a bestselling writer of history and historical novels, David O. Stewart applies the storytelling and analytical skills honed by years in trial and appellate law practice. Critics have called him "an acknowledged master of narrative history" and "one of our best new writers of historical mysteries."

Interview: The First Presidential Impeachment Trial

Interview by Brian Lamb on C-SPAN’s Q&A Show

Also by David O. Stewart

Historical Novels


• Washington Writing Award for Best Book of the year (Summer of 1787)

• Bloomberg View: Best Historical Mystery of the year (The Lincoln Deception)

• The William H. Prescott Award of the Colonial Dames of America (Madison's Gift)

• The History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati (American Emperor)