David O. Stewart


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.

[Photo by Patrice Gilbert.]


38 entries by David O. Stewart

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An Interview with James McGrath Morris

The biographer talks Tony Hillerman, cultural appropriation, and the allure of the Southwest.

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Book Review

High Tension

By John A. Riggs

High Tension

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

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Silverview: A Novel

By John le Carré

Silverview: A Novel

The late spymaster’s world is still cold.

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Nothing but the Truth!

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

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An Interview with Peter Henriques

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

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High Tension: FDR’s Battle to Power America

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

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An Interview with Solveig Eggerz

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

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Mend the Gap

Historical fiction seeks to fill in the silences.

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Launched into Oblivion

What happens to books released during a pandemic?

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Lampedusa: A Novel

By Steven Price

Lampedusa: A Novel

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

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Courting Mr. Lincoln: A Novel

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

We Have Not a Government

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

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The Bookstore Boom

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

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We Have Not a Government: The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution

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

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The Strategy of Victory: How George Washington Won the American Revolution

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

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By Rebecca Schuman

Schadenfreude, a Love Story: Me, the Germans, and 20 Years of Attempted Transformations, Unfortunate

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

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A Special Message from Our President

Exciting things are happening at the Independent!

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House of the Rising Sun

By James Lee Burke

House of the Rising Sun

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

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The “Gig Economy”

…And why it’s old news for writers.

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Planes, Trains, and Audiobooks

The publishing industry turns its eye toward travelers

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Birth of a Genre

Spy stories and Somerset Maugham

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Boxing up Books

How many types of stories are there?

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Bad Example

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

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Who Freed The Slaves? The Fight Over the Thirteenth Amendment

A misunderstood part of the Constitution finally gets its due.

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From Page to Screen

Not every great book makes a great movie.

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Look at Me! Look at Me!

The downs and downs of touting your own tales.

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6 Knockout Reads from 2014

Recalling half a dozen stunners from the year just ended.

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The Takeaways

Some thoughts on the battle between Amazon and Hachette

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8 Rules for Giving Books

This holiday tradition is more fraught than you think.

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Why F. Scott?

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

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By Giles Milton

Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin’s Plot for Global Revolution

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

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8 Breeds of Historical Fiction

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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The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme

This may have a cover and pages inside, it isn’t really a book.

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Five Reasons to Sign Up For the Books Alive! 2013 Conference on June 8

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 Delicate Truth

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

Staten Island Noir

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