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Thomas Fleming


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United States of America


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United States of America

Thomas Fleming is a Pulitzer Prize winning historian and the author of over forty nonfiction and fiction titles, including Liberty! The American Revolution companion to the PBS series, Washington's Secret War: The Hidden History of Valley Forge, and The Officers' Wives. He is the only author ever to have won main selections for the Book-of-the-Month Club in both fiction and nonfiction.

His latest title is Everybody's Revolution: A New Look at the People who Won America's Freedom, published by Scholastic Nonfiction. The book is the product of almost forty years of research into the American Revolution. "I gradually realized that almost no one knew that the war was fought," states Fleming, "not only by two groups of Englishmen, but by Irish, German, Jewish, African and Dutch immigrants to America, as well as native Americans (Indians) who fought on both sides, and by American women, who also believed fervently in the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is why I consider this among my most important books. It's a new way of looking at the Revolution. I got the idea for the book many years ago, when I met Benjamin Quarles, the gifted black historian who wrote The Negro in the American Revolution. I can still hear him telling me there were “many versions' of American History, rooted in the very different experiences of each of the ethnic groups and races that make up the American people. This book represents my application of that profound observation to the American Revolution."

Thomas Fleming is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. He has been president of the American branch of PEN, the international writers' organization. He has also been chairman of the American Revolution Round Table. He is currently the senior scholar at the National Center for the American Revolution at Valley Forge. A graduate of St. Peter's Prep and Fordham University (1950) he lives in New York with his wife, Alice, a distinguished writer of books for young readers.

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