Thomas Fleming, Noted Novelist and Historian, to Lecture on Alexander Hamilton

NJ Native Called One of America’s Finest Writers and Historians


Teaneck, NJ (September 19, 2008) – The noted novelist and historian Thomas Fleming will come to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Weiner Library in a special lecture on Alexander Hamilton on October 16 at 2:30 p.m. His lecture, free and open to the public, will be in FDU's Weiner Library Auditorium and is the opening event in the traveling exhibit, “Alexander Hamilton: The Man Who Made Modern America.”

Fleming is the author of more than 40 books and has been called one of America’s finest writers and finest historians. He is a frequent guest and contributor to PBS, NPR, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, and C-SPAN and the only author ever to have main selections for the Book-of-the-Month Club in both fiction and nonfiction.

A native of Jersey City, NJ, Fleming is a novelist, historian and biographer of national renown. “We are very pleased to bring Thomas Fleming to FDU in this important lecture,” said James Marcum, University Librarian. “He is, above all, a masterful historian and a brilliant storyteller who is both riveting and readable.”

Fleming is the author of “Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Future of America.” The Associate Press noted that “It is impossible not to love this book.” Katherine Whittemore on Salon.com said, “To be as masterfully concise as Fleming manages to be is an achievement in itself, for this epic would have challenged Tolstoi.”

Commenting on his appearance at FDU, Fleming said, “I’m going to emphasize my research on him (Hamilton) as a congressman, in the final years of the war. It’s a little known part of his story and very revealing.”
                                                                                      
His book, “Liberty! The American Revolution,” was a main selection of the History Book Club and the Book of the Month Club. The History Book Club named it one of the eight best books of 1997 and the American Revolution Round Table gave it their annual award as the best book of the year. It tells the story of the nation’s founding in conjunction with a six-part series on the Revolution that appeared on PBS.

Fleming is the author of books on the battle of Bunker Hill, siege of Yorktown, Pilgrims, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, West Point, Benjamin Franklin, battle for New Jersey, Lexington and Concord, Lincoln, American Revolution, Hamilton, Louisiana Purchase, World War I and Valley Forge.

Fleming said, “What kind of effect do I want my books to have? I hope they will make readers think—and feel—more deeply about our unique, amazing, perpetually troubled and conflicted country, the United States of America.”

Last year, the U.S. State Department invited Fleming to lecture on the Civil War in Vienna as part of its “Distinguished Author” series.  For his contribution to American literature, he received the Abraham Lincoln Award from the Union League Club of New York and in May of 2007, the Society of American Historians, whose membership is limited to 250 authors notable for both historical scholarship and literary ability, named Fleming as its next president.

The exhibition,  “Alexander Hamilton; The Man Who Made Modern America,” was organized by the New-York Historical Society, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the American Library Association with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is free and open during library hours from October 16-December 5.

The library is located on River Road, Teaneck, NJ. For more information, visit http://library.fdu.edu or call (201) 692 2279. To arrange for groups of 10 or more, call (201) 692 2285.

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