David O. Stewart


After many years as a lawyer, David O. Stewart became a bestselling writer of history and historical fiction. The Wall Street Journal called his George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father “an outstanding biography,” with writing that “is clear, often superlative,” providing “a narrative drive such a life deserves.” Other histories have explored the writing of the Constitution, the gifts of James Madison, Aaron Burr’s western expedition and treason trial, and the impeachment of Andrew Johnson. He won the Washington Writing Award for best book, the History Prize of the Society of the Cincinnati (twice), the George Washington Memorial Award, and the Prescott Award of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. David’s first novel, The Lincoln Deception, about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, was called the best historical novel of 2013 by Bloomberg View. Sequels are The Paris Deception (the Paris Peace Conference in 1919) and The Babe Ruth Deception (Babe’s early years with the Yankees). David's fictional trilogy, The Overstreet Saga, begins with The New Land, set on Maine’s bloody and unforgiving coast in the 1750s.

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37 entries by David O. Stewart

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High Tension

By John A. Riggs

The electrifying tale of Roosevelt’s effort to light the land.

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Silverview: A Novel

By John le Carré

The late spymaster’s world is still cold.

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It’s time to put the “non” back in nonfiction.

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In his new book, the historian lays out the attributes that made our premier Founding Father so formidable.

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The electrifying tale of Roosevelt’s effort to light the land.

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The novelist talks storytelling, strong women, and thinking in one language but writing in another.

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Historical fiction seeks to fill in the silences.

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What happens to books released during a pandemic?

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Lampedusa: A Novel

By Steven Price

The life and creative process of a seminal Sicilian author is imagined in this ambitious, multilayered story.

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A wildly clever imagining of Honest Abe's complicated personal life.

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We Have Not a Government

By George William Van Cleve

Recalling a time when Washington, DC, was somehow more inept.

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A look at some of the DC area’s best (and mostly indie) shops

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Recalling a time when Washington, DC, was somehow more inept.

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An idiosyncratic look at the future first president's genius in holding his army together.

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By Rebecca Schuman

Looking for a deep dive into all things Teutonic? Keep looking.

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Exciting things are happening at the Independent!

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House of the Rising Sun

By James Lee Burke

An ignorant protagonist and absurd plot derail this novel by an otherwise excellent author.

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…And why it’s old news for writers.

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The publishing industry turns its eye toward travelers

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Spy stories and Somerset Maugham

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How many types of stories are there?

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Ed Tufte is a genius at self-publishing. The rest of us aren’t.

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A misunderstood part of the Constitution finally gets its due.

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Not every great book makes a great movie.

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The downs and downs of touting your own tales.

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Recalling half a dozen stunners from the year just ended.

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Some thoughts on the battle between Amazon and Hachette

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This holiday tradition is more fraught than you think.

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Must a sub-par novel — and novelist — perpetually be revered?

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By Giles Milton

Former spies tell outlandish yarns in this account of the birth of Her Majesty’s Secret Service

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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:

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Although The Great War, by Joe Sacco and Adam Hochschild, has covers on either side and opens up, it isn’t really a book.

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From a terrific schedule to a chance to pitch your work to agents, our upcoming conference is a great event for readers and writers.

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A Delicate Truth

John le Carré

A simmering outrage against injustice fuels this high-wire tale of a suspect mission in the murky war on terror.

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Staten Island Noir

Edited by Patricia Smith

WIRoB President David O. Stewart reviews this collection of short stories that exposes the gritty side of Staten Island.