James Stewart is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of nine non-fiction books. His most recent is Tangled Webs: How False Statements Are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff, published by Penguin Press in April 2011. Other books include the national bestseller Den of Thieves, about Wall Street in the 1980s and DisneyWar, about Disney under Michael Eisner. Heart of a Soldier, published in 2002, was named the best non-fiction book of the year by TIME and will premiere as an opera in San Francisco in September 2011. Other best-sellers include Blind Eye, an investigation of the medical profession, and Blood Sport, about the Clinton White House. He also wrote Follow the Story: How to Write Successful Nonfiction.
Stewart's “Common Sense” column appears weekly in the Business Day section of the Times, and features his insights about corporate America and Wall Street. He is also a regular contributor to The New Yorker. “Eight Days,” his story about the financial crisis, was a 2010 finalist for a National Magazine Award in reporting. Formerly a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Editor-at-Large for SmartMoney, Stewart has written penetrating profiles of Michael Milken, Blackstone Group's Stephen Schwarzman, and Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who lost billions of euros for Société Générale. He holds the Bloomberg chair at the Columbia School of Journalism.
Stewart is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize for The Wall Street Journal articles on the 1987 stock market crash and the insider trading scandal. He is also the winner of the George Polk award and two Gerald Loeb awards. Blind Eye was the winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award given annually by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2002 Stewart received the Order of Lincoln, the highest honor given by the State of Illinois to an Illinois native or resident, and he has been awarded five honorary degrees. DisneyWar won the Gerald Loeb award for best business book of 2005.
Stewart is also the author of the best-selling The Partners (1983) and The Prosecutors (1987). All of his books have been published by Simon & Schuster.
Stewart is a graduate of Harvard Law School and DePauw University, where he serves on the board of trustees and recently completed a term as chairman. He is the former Page One Editor of The Wall Street Journal. Prior to joining The Journal in 1983, he was Executive Editor of American Lawyer Magazine and was a lawyer with the firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York. He was born and attended public schools in Quincy, Illinois. He lives in New York City and rural Shawangunk, N.Y.