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

September 2001


February/March 2006

How a lying poseur from Prussia gave America its army

Fall 2008

Steely determination enabled Eddie Rickenbacker, the World I ace pilot and president of Eastern Airlines, to survive drifting across the Pacific in a life raft.

Fall 2009

The vivacious Sally Fairfax stole the young man’s heart long before he met Martha

Winter 2009

Speculators caused a stock market crash in 1792, forcing the federal government to bail out New York bankers— and the nation

Spring 2010

The 70-year-old statesman lived the high life in Paris and pulled off a diplomatic miracle

Fall 2010

An impetuous and sometimes corrupt Congress has often hamstrung the efforts of the president since the earliest days of the Republic

Spring 2011

Strict codes of conduct marked the relationships of early American Politicians, often leading to duels, brawls, and other—sometimes fatal—violence