Thomas Fleming is one of the most distinguished and productive historians and novelists of our time. He has written 20 nonfiction books that have won prizes and praise from critics and fellow historians, many with a special focus on the American Revolution. He has also written 23 novels, many of them bestsellers, which explore the lives of men and women in vivid narratives that range from the raw America of the 1730s to the superpower that confronted World War II and endured Korea and Vietnam.
First in Their Hearts: The Life of George Washingtonby Thomas Fleming
New York Times bestselling author
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For many people, George Washington is the most legendary figure in American history. His contribution to his country's struggle through years of revolution has given him a place of honor on everything from Mount Rushmore to the dollar bill. But who was George Washington? What was the man behind the legend really like?
New York Times bestselling author Thomas Fleming discovered that finding the truth was no simple matter. Opinions of the man varied sharply. Some historians made him seem more like a god than a man. And there were writers who made up moralistic fables about him, such as the cannot-tell-a-lie tale of chopping down the cherry tree.
Fleming decided that the best way to discover the real George Washington was to read what the men and women who knew him said in their letters and journals. Fleming also read all he could find that Washington wrote to his friends and relatives. Slowly, the remarkable person behind the legend emerged.
In this book, anecdotes from friends and enemies alike give a firsthand vision of Washington's character. Little-known and colorful incidents – from Washington as an untutored boy of eleven to the seasoned general and statesman he grew to be – make First in Their Hearts fascinating and memorable reading.
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If Mr. Fleming or his editors knew anything about the Southern campaigns of the Revolution or the geography of the Carolinas, they should know that the battle of Camden was in South Carolina. Not North Carolina as his book asserts. I have been to the battlefield on several occasionsOne hopes it was a misprint, but wonders how such a glaring factual error escaped both the writer and editors.