Against the backdrop of the Paris Peace Conference that would remake Europe in the wake of World War I. author David O. Stewart reunites Dr. Jamie Fraser and Speed Cook, protaginists of the acclaimed Lincoln Deception, in an intriguing presidential mystery...The Wilson Deception.  The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is pleased to host a conversation with this award winng author from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm, Sunday, October 11 at the Library and Research Center of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library  as he discusses this, his latest novel.  The event is free and open to the public.

After practicing law for many years, David O. Stewart began to write history, too.  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 the best book of 2007.  Two years later, The Trial of Andrew Johnson, and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy, was called "by all means the best account of this troubled episode" by Professor David Donald of Harvard.  The Society of the Cincinnati awarded David its 2013 History Prize for American Emperor, Aaron Burr's Challenge to Jefferson's America, an examination of Burr's Western Expedition, which shook the nation's early foundations.  The Lincoln Deception, and 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, while Publishers Weekly said it was an "impressive debut novel."  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."  In November David will receive the Prescott Award for excellence in historical writing from the Colonial Dames of America.  He also is President of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online book review.

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did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He sought a neutral position for the United States and even won reelection with the slogan “He kept us out of war.” Nonetheless, actions by the Central Powers (notably Germany) threatened this neutrality. Following years of attacks on American shipping and citizens on the high seas, particularly the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, public opinion began to turn. The final straw came with the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, forcing the United States to declare war on the Central Powers in April of 1917, joining the war on the side of the UK, Russia, and France.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation