Montgomery College Welcomes Prominent Political Authors and Historians to the Rockville Campus, Nov. 14 and 21

David O. Stewart to Discuss Novel About Lincoln Assassination; Richard A. Baker to Speak About His Senate Book Written with the Late Neil MacNeil

Montgomery College’s History and Political Science Department and the Paul Peck Institute for American Studies and Civic Engagement will host two book signing and lecture events at the Rockville Campus, November 14 and November 21. The events are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. in the Theatre Arts Arena, attorney and best-selling author David O. Stewart will speak on his debut novel, “The Lincoln Deception.” Stewart is the husband of Montgomery County Councilmember Nancy Floreen.

Richard A. Baker, the former historian of the Senate, will speak about his new book, “The American Senate: An Insider’s History” on Thursday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in the Technical Center Building, Room 136. The book was co-written with the late Neil MacNeil who spent over 50 years as Time magazine’s top congressional correspondent.

After practicing law for more than 25 years, Stewart turned to writing history. 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. Stewart’s latest work is his first foray into fiction. “The Lincoln Deception” is a mystery novel based on factual events and conspiracies relating to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

Baker was appointed the Senate’s first official historian, a post he held from 1975 until his retirement in 2009. He produced a number of historical narratives, including “200 Notable Days: Senate Stories,” “1787 to 2002” and “Traditions of the United States Senate,” and assisted Robert C. Byrd with “The Senate, 1789-1989.”

MacNeil, a founding member of the PBS program Washington Week, first began to cover the Senate in 1949, and served as Time magazine’s chief congressional correspondent for thirty years. He was also the author of “Forge of Democracy: The House of Representatives” and “Dirksen: Portrait of a Public Man.” He died in 2008, as this work was nearing completion.

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