David O. Stewart
David O. Stewart, the president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, writes both fiction and nonfiction. His mystery novel, The Lincoln Deception, released in August 2013 to bestseller status. He is the author of three works of history, as well—The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution(2007), Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy (2009), and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America (forthcoming, October 2011), and is receiving the 2013 History Prize from the Society of the Cincinnati. A trial lawyer based in Washington, D.C. for more than twenty-five years, Stewart has written for the New York Times, theWashington Post, American Heritage, and Smithsonian. For ten years he wrote the monthly Supreme column for the American Bar Association Journal, and maintains a blog at his website, www.davidostewart.com.
24 entries by David O. Stewart
By George William Van Cleve
Recalling a time when Washington, DC, was somehow more inept.
An idiosyncratic look at the future first president's genius in holding his army together.
By James Lee Burke
An ignorant protagonist and absurd plot derail this novel by an otherwise excellent author.
By Leonard L. Richards
A misunderstood part of the Constitution finally gets its due.
Historical fiction is flourishing, and its advantages are many. For readers, it combines the familiar with the unknown, as novelists imagine the motivations and thoughts of historical figures. For writers, it provides grounding. Certain characters are already known and even defined. Better yet, the real world produces the most improbable characters. What fiction writer would dare create a character so complex and powerful as Abraham Lincoln? Yet historical fiction comes in many flavors. Here, for starters, are eight:
Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild
Although The Great War, by Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild, has covers on either side and opens up, it isn’t really a book.
John le Carré
A simmering outrage against injustice fuels this high-wire tale of a suspect mission in the murky war on terror.
Edited by Patricia Smith
WIRoB President David O. Stewart reviews this collection of short stories that exposes the gritty side of Staten Island.