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General Information

Name:  James B. Stewart  

Pen Name: None

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Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Quincy, Illinois


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Illinois Connection

Stewart was born in Quincy, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

James B. Stewart is the author of ''Heart of a Soldier'', the bestselling ''Blind Eye'' and ''Blood Sport'', and the blockbuster ''Den of Thieves''. A former Page One editor at ''The Wall Street Journal'', Stewart won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his reporting on the stock market crash and insider trading. He is a regular contributor to ''SmartMoney'' and ''The New Yorker''. He lives in New York. Stewart is the Bloomberg Professor of Journalism at Columbia University in New York.


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Titles At Your Library

The Partners: Inside America's Most Powerful Law Firms
ISBN: 0671420232

Simon & Schuster. 1983

A lawyer and journalist dissects the personalities and power of the nation's elite corporate law firms and traces their roles in pivotal political and economic events, such as the rescue of the American hostages in Iran

The Prosecutors: Inside The Offices Of The Government's Most Powerful Lawyers
ISBN: 0671668358

Touchstone. 1988

Examines the prosecutor's role in such high-stakes criminal proceedings as the Hitachi sting operation, the McDonnell-Douglas bribery case, the Edwin Meese investigation, insider trading at Morgan Stanley & Co., and the CBS murders

Den of Thieves
ISBN: 0671715399

Pocket Books. 1993

BLOOD SPORT: The President and His Adversaries
ISBN: 0684831392

Simon & Schuster. 1997

Discusses the truth about Whitewater, Vince Foster's suicide, and other White House scandals, explaining how these episodes have been exploited, White House reaction, and the future of the presidency

Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction
ISBN: 0684850672

Simon & Schuster. 1998

An indispensable guide to nonfiction writing from the Columbia Journalism School professor and Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist behind the bestsellers Blind Eye, Blood Sport, and Den of Thieves.

In Follow the Story, bestselling author and journalist James B. Stewart teaches you the techniques of compelling narrative writing, from nonfiction books to articles, feature stories, or memoirs. Stewart provides concrete directions for conceiving, reporting, structuring, and writing nonfiction—techniques that he has used in his own successful books and stories. By using examples from his own work, Stewart illustrates systematically a way of thinking about and executing stories, a method that has helped numerous reporters and Columbia students become better writers.

Follow the Story examines in detail:

  • How an idea is conceived
  • How to “sell” ideas to editors and publishers
  • How to report the nonfiction story
  • Six models that can be used for any nonfiction story
  • How to structure the narrative story
  • How to write introductions, endings, dialogue, and description
  • How to introduce and develop characters
  • How to use literary devices
  • Pitfalls to avoid


Learn from this book a clear way of looking at the world with the alert curiosity that is the first indispensable step toward good writing.

Blind Eye: The Terrifying Story of a Doctor Who Got Away With Murder
ISBN: 1439504474

Paw Prints 2008-06-26. 2008

Young, blond, handsome Dr. Michael Swango seemed a godsend wherever he was hired to practice medicine. But acclaim would turn to disbelief, dismay, then horror, as the evidence mounted that he could actually be murdering his patients. Then, Dr. Swango would leave that hospital -- only to be rehired at another. Today the FBI believes that Swango may be the most prolific serial killer in American history.

In Blind Eye, James Stewart takes listeners into the closed world of America's medical establishment, where doctors repeatedly accept the world of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital workers and patients -- even after the horrible truth emerges.

With prodigious investigative reporting, Stewart's mesmerizing account moves from the hospital rooms of the prestigious Ohio State University Hospitals to Illinois, South Dakota, New York and finally to a remote missionary hospital in Zimbabwe. There Stewart tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, shaken hospital workers -- and evidence that may finally lead Swango to be charged with murder. Stewart brings to riveting life the story of a psychopathic physician and those who protected, trusted, pursued and, in some cases, loved him.

Dr. Michael Swango slipped easily through the cracks. If Michael Swango could repeatedly slip through, who else has? With Blind Eye, James Stewart adds to his reputation as one of the country's most intrepid investigative reporters with this exposure of a dangerous doctor and a failed system.

Heart of a Soldier
ISBN: 0743244591

Simon & Schuster. 2003

From Pulitzer Prize winner James B. Stewart comes the extraordinary story of American hero Rick Rescorla, Morgan Stanley security director and a veteran of Vietnam and the British colonial wars in Rhodesia, who lost his life on September 11.

Heart of a Soldier is the extraordinary story of war, love and comradeship, danger and heroism, told by a Pulitzer Prize winner who is one of our finest writers.

When Rick Rescorla got home from Vietnam, he tried to put combat and death behind him, but he never could entirely. From the day he joined the British Army to fight a colonial war in Rhodesia, where he met American Special Forces’ officer Dan Hill who would become his best friend, to the day he fell in love with Susan, everything in his remarkable life was preparing him for an act of generosity that would transcend all that went before.

Heart of a Soldier is a story of bravery under fire, of loyalty to one’s comrades, of the miracle of finding happiness late in life. Everything about Rick’s life came together on September 11. In charge of security for Morgan Stanley, he successfully got all its 2,700 men and women out of the south tower of the World Trade Center. Then, thinking perhaps of soldiers he’d held as they died, as well as the woman he loved, he went back one last time to search for stragglers.

Disney War
ISBN: 0681000066

Simon & Schuster. 2005

Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff
ISBN: 1594202699

Penguin Press HC, The. 2011

Bestselling author James B. Stewart's newsbreaking investigation of our era's most high-profile perjurers, revealing the alarming extent of this national epidemic.

Our system of justice rests on a simple proposition: that witnesses will raise their hands and tell the truth. In Tangled Webs, James B. Stewart reveals in vivid detail the consequences of the perjury epidemic that has swept our country, undermining the very foundation of our courts.

With many prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time, Tangled Webs goes behind the scene of the trials of media and homemaking entrepreneur Martha Stewart top White House political adviser Lewis "Scooter" Libby home-run king Barry Bonds and Wall Street money manager Bernard Madoff.

The saga of Martha Stewart's conviction captured the nation, but until now no one has answered the most basic question: Why would Stewart risk prison, put her entire empire in jeopardy, and lie repeatedly to government investigators to save a few hundred thousand dollars in stock gains? Moreover, how exactly was the notoriously meticulous Stewart brought down?

Drawing on the accounts of then-deputy attorney general James Comey and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Stewart sheds new light on the Libby investigation, making clear how far into the White House the Valerie Plame CIA scandal extended, and why Libby took the fall.

In San Francisco, Giants home-run king Barry Bonds faces trial due to his testimony before a grand jury investigating the use of illegal steroids in sports. Bonds was warned explicitly that the only crime he faced was perjury. Stewart unlocks the story behind the mounting evidence that he nonetheless lied under oath.

Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme is infamous, but less well known is how he eluded detection for so long in the face of repeated investigations. Of the four he is the only one who has admitted to lying.

The perjury outbreak is symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. It isn't just the judicial system that relies on an honor code: Academia, business, medicine, and government all depend on it. Tangled Webs explores the age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty. At a time when Americans seem hungry for moral leadership and clarity, Tangled Webs reaffirms the importance of truth.


Awards

Pulitzer Prize for Wall Street Journal coverage of the October, 1987, stock market crash and Wall Street insider trading. His 1999 work, ''Blind Eye

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