Books by Thomas Fleming

Thomas Fleming's latest novel, The Wages of Fame, returns to a subject that has long fascinated this prolific writer: politics. Set in Washington D.C. before the Civil War, it portrays savage struggles for power in the American capital that make modern co


Released: May 15, 2013

"At times, this thesis-driven tour employs a curious moral compass."
A prolific popular historian casts a harsh light on the abolitionists, insisting that their vitriolic rhetoric deserves more blame for the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE INTIMATE LIVES OF THE FOUNDING FATHERS by Thomas Fleming
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Applying the kid-glove treatment to his subjects, the author doesn't unearth much that hasn't been picked over before."
Popular historian Fleming (The Perils of Peace: America's Struggle for Survival After Yorktown, 2007, etc.) takes a rosy look at the enduring marriages of Washington, Franklin, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson and Madison, despite some dalliances, separations and extreme job pressure. Read full book review >
THE PERILS OF PEACE by Thomas Fleming
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 9, 2007

"A captivating account of a surprisingly little-known period that will educate even sophisticated readers."
Riveting history of the two years between Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown and the 1783 peace treaty that ended the Revolution. Read full book review >
THE SECRET TRIAL OF ROBERT E. LEE by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A Caine Mutiny for the Reconstruction era. Well done, even if some fans of historical fiction will prefer their fiction a little more, well, historical."
Suppose, just suppose, the Radical Republicans decided that the amnesty Ulysses S. Grant offered to Johnny Reb didn't have a sufficiently punitive sting. What might have happened had they put Robert E. Lee—Saddam Hussein in gray—on trial for treason? Read full book review >
WASHINGTON’S SECRET WAR by Thomas Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Though without the flair of a McCullough or Ambrose or Brands, another solid work from Fleming."
A revisitation of that American crèche, the wintry encampment at Valley Forge, where stalwart Continentals created a nation. Read full book review >
A PASSIONATE GIRL by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2004

"Brings to life a little-known episode of US history, briskly narrated with wit and real suspense."
Fascinating new page-turner from Fleming (Conquerers of the Sky, 2003, etc.), following the adventures of an Irish lass who runs away to America in 1865 and tries to help the Fenians conquer Canada. Read full book review >
CONQUERORS OF THE SKY by Thomas Fleming
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A clever and appealing tale that, in the best Fleming style, recounts broad swathes of history through the lives of two well-drawn but fictitious characters. (As the publisher reminds, Fleming's account "fittingly . . . commemorate[s] the 100th anniversary of the conquest of the sky.")"
Another epic plotboiler from Fleming (When This Cruel War is Over, 2001, etc.), this one about two unlikely friends who team up to form the world's largest aircraft corporation. Read full book review >
WHEN THIS CRUEL WAR IS OVER by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Intriguing, replete with séances, and with love arising between Janet and Paul."
Civil War novel by the immensely prolific Fleming (Hours of Gladness, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
DREAMS OF GLORY by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"The prolific Fleming (Hours of Gladness, 1999, etc.) has been around for a while, of course, but this manifestation of him may surprise his readers: much better prose, significantly darker view."
Historical set during the Revolutionary War—in an America not so beautiful. Read full book review >
HOURS OF GLADNESS by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 1999

"A coarse and creaky plot-boiler."
Gutsy, bed-pounding Irish-Americans tangle with the IRA, the Mafia, and a homicidal British spy masquerading as a Catholic priest, in a violent, sex-obsessed tale from prolific historical novelist Fleming (Remember the Morning, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE WAGES OF FAME by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 25, 1998

"Maybe the TV mini-series this is sure to spark will be livelier. ($100,000 ad/promo)"
Bestselling historian and novelist Fleming (Liberty! Read full book review >
LIBERTY! by Thomas Fleming
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Lacking in analytical depth, but packed with narrative insight into personalities and often delicious minutiae. (300 color illustrations) (Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; History Book Club selection)"
 Bestselling historian and novelist Fleming (Remember the Morning, p. 1049) offers a solid popular history of America's era of unrest, revolution, and constitutional government (176389) in this lavishly illustrated companion volume to a three-part PBS series airing in November. Read full book review >
REMEMBER THE MORNING by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Plausibility goes out the window within the first few pages, making room for Fleming to conjure up a rollicking moral melodrama with an intriguing pair of heroines."
 The travails of a colonial Scarlett O'Hara, her free black friend, and the man they both love, by the prolific Fleming (Loyalties, 1994; Over There, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
LOYALTIES by Thomas Fleming
Released: June 1, 1994

"Melodramatic as always, but more controversial than usual. ($30,000 ad/promo)"
 Turning once again to WW II, bestselling historical novelist Fleming (Over There, 1992, etc.) blends fact and fiction to explore the ramifications of the Allied demand for unconditional surrender through the lives of four people. Read full book review >
HARRY S TRUMAN, PRESIDENT by Thomas Fleming
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"B&w photos; brief annotated bibliography; index. (Biography. 12+)"
 A political biography that successfully conveys the highly charged atmosphere of the late 40's and early 50's, but is sympathetic to the point of adulation. Read full book review >
OVER THERE by Thomas Fleming
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"An intriguing enough story of an emerging new world (and most especially of a new and modern-style woman), but even Fleming fans will have to be willing to plow through an abundance of pedestrian and (especially in matters sexual) awkward prose."
 Historical novelist Fleming (The Officer's Wives, 1981; Time and Tide, 1987, etc.) offers a melodramatic saga set against the backdrop of the First World War. Read full book review >