Thomas Fleming

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Thomas Fleming is a longtime contributor to American Heritage and former president of the Society of American Historians. He is the author of dozens of respected books on American history, including Franklin, George Washington: Spymaster Extraordinaire, My Days with Harry Truman, Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers, The Perils of Peace: America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown, Now We Are Enemies: The Story of Bunker Hill, The Great Divide: The Conflict between Washington and Jefferson that Defined a Nation, and A Disease in the Public Mind: A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War.

Fleming has appeared on C-SPAN, the History Channel, A&E, and PBS. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and graduated with honors from Fordham University.

Articles by this Contributor

March 1990

Once the South was beaten, Eastern and Western
troops of the Union army resented each other so violently that some feared for the survival of the
victorious government. Then the tension
disappeared in one happy stroke that gave the
United States its grandest pageant—and General
Sherman the proudest moment of his life.

April 1990

A novelist and historian takes us on a tour of the Academy at Annapolis, where American history encompasses the history of the world.

July/August 1991

You can rise fast and far in America, but sometimes the cost of the journey is hard to tally

July/August 1992

The elder statesman sets the record straight on JFK, LBJ, Stalin, the bomb, Charles de Gaulle, Douglas MacArthur—and, most of all, the American Presidency

November 1992

They’ve all had things to say about their fellow Executives. Once in a great while one was even flattering.

May/june 1993

J. L. O. Tedder missed the battle, but his peacetime pursuits are heroic enough

November 1998

… or why in America campaign-finance reform never succeeds

February/March 2000

Without his brilliance at espionage the Revolution could not have been won

April 2000

The newspaper baron Robert McCormick was a passionate isolationist—yet his brief service in France in 1918 shone for him all his life and gave birth to an extraordinary museum

July/August 2001

FEBRUARY 7, 1932, A DATE THAT WOULD LIVE IN… AMNESIA