"How do you write a book?" 24-year-old Thomas Fleming asked bestselling writer Fulton Oursler in 1951.
"Write four pages a day," Oursler said. "Every day except Sunday. Whether you feel like it or not. Inspiration consists of putting the seat of your pants on the chair at your desk."
Fleming has followed this advice to good effect. In the intervening years, he has produced an impressive number of books, including award-winning histories and best-selling novels.
As proof of his talent in both genres, he is the only writer in the history of the Book-of-the-Month Club to have had main selections in both fiction and nonfiction.
Thomas Fleming’s most recently published book is A Disease in the Public Mind, A New Understanding of Why We Fought the Civil War, to be published by Da Capo Press in May, 2013. He is currently writing The Great Divide—The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined A Nation.
Thomas Fleming’s history books include gripping narratives of the personal lives of the Founding Fathers, the year 1776, the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, America’s entry into World War I, and other dramatic events of the past. Read more
One of the main reasons Thomas Fleming began writing novels was to communicate the reality of history as an experience. History books rarely deal with emotion so it’s easy to forget that history was lived by passionate, caring, conflicted people. Novels of the historical imagination (a phrase Fleming prefers to historical novels) help to bring the past alive. Read more
Thomas Fleming is an historian and historical novelist, with a special interest in the American Revolution. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, he grew up during the reign of Frank Hague, the city’s legendary mayor who was nationally known as the founder and leader of one of the strongest big city political organizations in the country. Read more
Fleming has received many awards and made many TV appearances over
the course of his long career. He is perhaps best known for his appearances
on C-SPAN and PBS. View a listing of some of those appearances and
links to the videos. Read