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Stern ’58, LL.D. ’74 Publishes First Novel

Honorary Trustee Hebert J. Stern ’58, P’03, LL.D. ’74 has written his first novel, Wolf, a look at Adolf Hitler’s rise to power through an historical fiction lens. With co-author Alan A. Winter, Stern explores both Hitler’s strengths and flaws to explain how such a seemingly unremarkable man became one of the most powerful and lethal leaders of all time.

Kirkus Review describes the book as “an engrossing look at a monster,” while Midwest Book Review calls it “a prophetic and disturbing story” that will linger in the reader’s mind long after the story ends.

In his review of the book in the Spring 2020 issue of The Pulteney Street Survey, Bill Boyd describes Wolf as “a must read,” noting that “the authors have succeeded marvelously in conveying an understanding of Hitler, the person and his rise to power.” Boyd, the former Visiting Scholar in the Quantitative Analysis Center at Wesleyan University, is married to President Joyce P. Jacobsen. Read Boyd’s complete review here.

Stern earned a B.A. in history from Hobart and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He was awarded an honorary degree from HWS in 1974, the Hobart Medal of Excellence in 1990 and was lead donor for Stern Hall, which provides the Colleges with 27,000 square feet of integral academic space.

A trial lawyer, Stern was nominated to the federal bench at age 36. He prosecuted the mayors of Newark and Atlantic City, N.J. as the former U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, served as judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey and as judge of the United States Court for Berlin, where he presided over a hijacking trial in the occupied American Sector of West Berlin. His book about the case, Judgment in Berlin, won the 1974 Freedom Foundation Award and became a film starring Martin Sheen and Sean Penn. He is also the author of Diary of a DA: The True Story of the Prosecutor Who Took on the Mob, Fought Corruption, and Won and the multi-volume legal work Trying Cases to Win.

For information on the extensive research that went into writing Wolf, visit