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Preview — The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas J. Fleming
The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
With his usual storytelling flair and unparalleled research, Tom Fleming examines the women who were at the center of the lives of the founding fathers. From hot-tempered Mary Ball Washington to promiscuous Rachel Lavien Hamilton, the founding fathers' mothers powerfully shaped their sons' visions of domestic life. But lovers and wives played more critical roles as friends...more
This book marked a very satisfactory conclusion of my 2010 reading challenge, and will certainly have a permanent spot on my bookshelf. Thomas Fleming's foray into the lives of America's six founding fathers and the various female influences on their lives might have, in a different writer's hands, been trite, repetitive or uninspiring. Not the case here, and if you are a casual to moderate fan of this genre of non-fiction American history, I seriously urge you to ...more
I learned a few things and enjoyed hearing more about the founding father's personal lives and how they shaped their public personas. This book has some good content, but is detracted by ...more
Each biographical sketch is complete, interesting, and often presents new information (such as the Jefferson/Hemings DNA studies and restudies), yet each is admirably brief and beautifully written.
Fleming made me revise my "Founders Supper," those whom I'd want to have dinner with were that possible. Jefferson had ...more
1. George Washington: it addresses the rumors of an affair with his friend's wife Sally Fairfax but concludes that GW was very happy with Martha. It was interesting to see h ...more
The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers by Thomas Fleming is what one might call “history light”. While there was no new informatio ...more
American history iconoclasts throughout the twentieth century and beyond have altered Americans’ perceptions of our Founding Fathers by investigating their ‘private’ lives. Though many might label any attempt to delve into the private and most intimate aspects of our Founders’ lives as uncouth, vulgar, unnecessary and wrong—so many from the opposite side of the spectrum seek to raze the memorializing statuary commemorating the Founding Fathers and the pa ...more
The story of James and Dolly Madison presents a nice coda t ...more
This was a very interesting book - another look into the lives of the men who fought for and founded this country. He delves into all the various speculations about these men - who the loved, who they fathered, who they hated etc. Fleming also gives you as much factual evidence as he can find about the truth of the speculations. I knew the least about Alexander Hamilton, and now I know more than I even wa ...more
Fleming looks at six Founders: Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton, and Madison and explains: "Knowing and understanding the women in their lives adds pathos and depth to the pubic dimensions of the founding fathers’ political journeys. … In their loves and losses, their hopes and fears, they are more like us than we have dared to imagine.” ...more
After graduating from St. Peter's Prepa ...more