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Walter Stahr has only turned to writing books relatively recently. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1982 and joined a Washington law firm. From 1986 to 1999, he worked in Hong Kong as a lawyer. Stahr then published his first book in 2005: “John Jay: Founding Father.” Publishers Weekly said Stahr managed to make the conservative and sober Jay “an appealing figure accessible to a large readership, [placing] Jay once again in the company of America’s greatest statesmen, where he unquestionably belongs.” In his biography of the 16th president’s secretary of state, “Seward: Lincoln’s Indespensable Man” (Simon & Schuster), Walter Stahr “sheds new light on this complex and central figure” in American history.