After practicing law for many years, David O. Stewart began to write history. His 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. Then came Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, and American Emperor, Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, which won the Society of the Cincinnati's 2013 History Prize. The Lincoln Deception, an historical mystery about the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, was released in late August 2013. Bloomberg View called it the best historical novel of the year and a sequel, The Wilson Deception, was released on September 29, 2015. Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America, was released in February, 2015. The Washington Post called it a portrait “rich in empathy and understanding” by “an acknowledged master of narrative history.” David also is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online book review.
The Wilson Deception
Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I, The Wilson Deception reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protagonists of the acclaimed The Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery.
After four years of horror The Great War has ended, and President Woodrow Wilson’s arrival in Paris in December 1918 unites the city in ecstatic celebration. Major Jamie Fraser, an army physician who has spent ten months tending American soldiers, is among the crowd that throngs the Place de la Concorde for Wilson’s visit. As an expert on the Spanish influenza, Fraser is also called in to advise the president’s own doctor on how best to avoid the deadly disease. Despite his robust appearance, Wilson is more frail than the public realizes. And at this pivotal moment in history, with the Allied victors gathering to forge a peace treaty, the president’s health could decide the fate of nations.
While Fraser tries to determine the truth about Wilson’s maladies, he encounters a man he has not seen for nearly twenty years. Speed Cook—ex-professional ball player and advocate for Negro rights—is desperate to save his son Joshua, an army sergeant wrongly accused of desertion. Pledging to help Cook, Fraser approaches Allen Dulles, a charming American spy who is also Wilson’s close aide. Soon Cook and Fraser’s personal quest dovetails with the dramatic events unfolding throughout Paris, as French premier Georges Clemenceau narrowly survives an assassination attempt and peace negotiations begin to unravel. Rivalries and hidden agendas abound. At stake is not only Joshua Cook’s freedom, but the fragile treaty that may be the only way to stop Europe and the world from plunging into another brutal war.
Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America2015
The Lincoln Deception2013
American Emperor: Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America2011
Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson2009
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution2007
Awards and Recognition
- Prescott Award for Excellence in Historical Writing, National Society of Colonial Dames, 2015
- Society of the Cincinnati, History Award, 2013
- Washington Writing Award, Best Book of 2007