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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.


Published Works Expand for more information


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

A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter lays bare the era when crimes of unparalleles proportions flourished on Wall Street. Here is the saga of four men whose quests for power nearly wreaked havoc with our securities system--and the U.S. economy. From the penthouses and limos of the traders, we see how the game played out. Feature excerpt in The Wall Street Journal.

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

A medical thriller from Pulitzer Prize–winning author James B. Stewart about serial killer doctor Michael Swango and the medical community that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities.

No one could believe that the handsome young doctor might be a serial killer. Wherever he was hired—in Ohio, Illinois, New York, South Dakota—Michael Swango at first seemed the model physician. Then his patients began dying under suspicious circumstances.

At once a gripping read and a hard-hitting look at the inner workings of the American medical system, Blind Eye describes a professional hierarchy where doctors repeatedly accept the word of fellow physicians over that of nurses, hospital employees, and patients—even as horrible truths begin to emerge. With the prodigious investigative reporting that has defined his Pulitzer Prize–winning career, James B. Stewart has tracked down survivors, relatives of victims, and shaken coworkers to unearth the evidence that may finally lead to Swango’s conviction.

Combining meticulous research with spellbinding prose, Stewart has written a shocking chronicle of a psychopathic doctor and of the medical establishment that chose to turn a blind eye on his criminal activities.

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: The Terrifying Story Of A Doctor Who Got Away With Murder'', won the 2000 Edgar Award in the Best Fact Crime category. ''DisneyWar'', his 2005 book on Michael Eisner's reign at Disney, won the Gerald Loeb Award for Best Business Book.

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