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The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

by Thomas Fleming

On Sale: 11/03/2009

Price: $13.99

The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

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The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

by Thomas Fleming

On Sale: 11/03/2009

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Price: $13.99

About the Book

From popular historian Tom Fleming comes an intimate look at America’s founders — George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison — and the women who played critical roles in their lives and careers. Like public figures of today, they struggled to reconcile personal relationships with public duty, and were forced to deal with a media that was just as intrusive and inflammatory as it is today.

Fleming examines the youthful Washington’s tortured love for the married Sarah Fairfax; Franklin’s two “wives;” Hamilton’s betrayal of his wife and their reconciliation; and how Madison was jilted by a fifteen year old, years before he met and married Dolley Payne Todd. The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers covers the early history of the United States from a different perspective — one that presents the Founding Fathers as human beings with fears, hopes and hearts that could be broken.

Thomas Fleming is the author of more than 40 books of fiction and non-fiction, including The Perils of Peace. He has been president of the Society of American Historians and the PEN American Center. Mr. Fleming is a frequent guest on C-Span, PBS, A&E, and the History Channel.

“Thomas Fleming is one of our most interesting scholars of the Revolutionary period, and in his insightful latest work he does not disappoint … A significant achievement.” — Jay Winik, author of The Great Upheaval and April 1865

Critical Praise

“Thomas Fleming is one of our most interesting scholars of the Revolutionary period, and in his insightful latest work he does not disappoint. Focusing on the wives and women of the founding fathers, Intimate Lives is thoroughly fresh, frequently fun, at times touching, and always fascinating. A significant achievement.” — Jay Winik, author of The Great Upheaval and April 1865

“With his ample gifts as a novelist and his brilliant historical reach, the esteemed Thomas Fleming never disappoints...A remarkable achievement-- and hard to put down.” — Brenda Wineapple, author of WHITE HEAT: THE FRIENDSHIP OF EMILY DICKINSON AND THOMAS WENTWORTH HIGGINSON

“Tom Fleming is a rare combination - a fine historian and a fine writer. His assessment of George Washington’s relationships with Sally Fairfax and Martha Custis is right on target.” — Peter R. Henriques, author of REALISTIC VISIONARY: A PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

This is better than any history book you’ve ever read. — Curled Up with a Good Book

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780061959639
  • ISBN 10: 0061959634
  • Imprint: Collins Reference
  • On Sale: 11/03/2009
  • Pages: 480
  • List Price: $13.99
  • BISAC1 : HISTORY / United States / General
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
  • BISAC3 : HISTORY / United States / 19th Century
  • BISAC4 : HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
  • BISAC5 : HISTORY / Essays