Babe Ruth was indisputably the best left-handed pitcher in the American League. This mystery set in the post-World War One era once again brings together Fraser and Cook investigating the seamier side of baseball in the wake of the 1919 World Series scandal. Gambling, silent film making, boot-legging, tragedy, and bi-racial relationships are featured in this exposé of the dirty underside of baseball. Once again, masterfully blending fact and fiction, David O. Stewart delivers a nail-biting historical mystery that captures an era unlike any America has seen before or since in all its moral complexity and dizzying excitement.
After practicing law for more than 25 years, David O. Stewart turned to writing history (though he still practices law). 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. Two years later, Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy, was a Davis-Kidd Bestseller and was called “by all means the best account of this troubled episode” by Professor David Donald of Harvard. American Emperor, Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America, released in 2011, won the Society of the Cincinnati's 2013 History Prize. Stewart also writes fiction, most notably the Fraser Cook mystery series. Stewart is president of the Washington Independent Review of Books, an online book review. Books available for purchase and signing at the lecture.