David O. Stewart
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.
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