Thomas Fleming, RIP

FlemingI just learned that historian and writer Thomas Fleming passed away this week.  He was 90-years-old.

At Boston 1775, J.L. Bell reflects on his life and work.  Here is a taste:

Inspired by advice he received early on to write four pages a day, six days a week, Tom completed more than fifty books in all. The best-selling title was probably Liberty!: The American Revolution, based on the P.B.S. television series. But his own studies of the Revolutionary War covered everything from a single battle in New Jersey (The Forgotten Victory) to Yorktown (Beat the Last Drum) and beyond (The Perils of Peace). 

Tom also wrote on other periods of American history, he wrote historical fiction, and he wrote books for younger readers. In 2010 I got to attend a staged reading of a play he had composed decades earlier about Dr. Joseph Warren and Dr. Benjamin Church.

I never met Tom Fleming, but I will always appreciate him and his work.  He wrote a very kind blurb for my Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?: A Historical Introduction.   I checked my e-mail archives today and found an e-mail that Fleming wrote to Jana Riess, the book’s editor at Westminster/John Knox Press.

Fleming wrote:

Dear Jana Riess:

John Fea was good enough to send me a copy of his forthcoming book, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation? I’ve read it and am deeply impressed. Here is a comment you may want to use.

Was America Founded as a Christian Nation explores this controversial question with remarkable objectivity — and admirable scholarship. This is a book that every intelligent reader should have in his library.

Thomas Fleming

Author of The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

RIP.  You can read another obituary here.

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