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You know him from his three, thoroughly crafted non-fiction book
He also delved into the ...
He also delved into the question of why a president, who simply fired his Secretary of War, was Impeached and nearly convicted in the Senate for doing so.
And in his latest offering, he treats us to an investigative and most perplexing portrait of a sitting vice president who killed our nation’s first Treasury Secretary in 1804. But it was the author’s treatment of Aaron Burr’s frightening political vision, in stark contrast to what the founders fought for, that makes American Emperor such a compelling and thought-provoking read.
It’s instructive to realize that some authors have trouble making the transition from one writing style (in this case, non-fiction) to another (fiction), but not this author.
In his debut performance as a fiction writer, David O. Stewart proves once again that his prowess as a page-turning author and storyteller has not wavered one iota from his non-fiction offerings.
In The Lincoln Deception, Mr. Stewart takes a factual event—the dying utterance of John Bingham, the man who prosecuted the Lincoln conspirators—and spins it into a period yarn that is an historic eye opener. He successfully crafted each chapter that compels the reader on, the sign of a great suspense writer.
And something more esoteric that can easily be missed by anyone who reads a period work; Mr. Stewart very specifically captured the flavor of race relations in turn-of-the-century 1900 America with regard to the Jim Crow laws and how our protagonists (one white male and one black male) were treated by other characters as well as how they reacted to each other.
Yet another triumph for Mr. Stewart that should find its way into the classroom!
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Posted March 20, 2014
The author is no doubt a fine historian, but this novel demonstr
The author is no doubt a fine historian, but this novel demonstrates that he lacks skill of a story teller. I am fewer than 50 pages from the end, but I'm throwing in the towel. A fundamental of good storytelling is "show us what we need to know." Far too much time is spent on filling us in about historical events and relationships. Alternate theories of Lincoln'S assignation are told to us, not developed. The pedantic is sprinkled with various attacks against our heroes, but these do no move the plot. The Noel might be somewhat more engaging for those who are fans of conspiracy theories or Mr. Stewart.
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