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The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers

(2009)
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A compelling, intimate look at the founders - George Washington, Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison - and the women who played essential roles in their lives.

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 and often partners in fame. We learn of the youthful Washington's tortured love for the coquettish Sarah Fairfax, wife of his close friend; of Franklin's two "wives," one in London and one in Philadelphia; of Adams's long absences, which required a lonely, deeply unhappy Abigail to keep home and family together for years on end; of Hamilton's adulterous betrayal of his wife and then their reconciliation; of how the brilliant Madison was jilted by a flirtatious fifteen-year-old and went on to marry the effervescent Dolley, who helped make this shy man into a popular president. Jefferson's controversial relationship to Sally Hemings is also examined, with a different vision of where his heart lay.

Fleming nimbly takes us through a great deal of early American history, as his founding fathers strove to reconcile the private and public, often beset by a media every bit as gossip seeking and inflammatory as ours today. He offers a powerful look at the challenges women faced in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. While often brilliant and articulate, the wives of the founding fathers all struggled with the distractions and dangers of frequent childbearing and searing anxiety about infant mortality - Jefferson's wife, Martha, died from complications following labor, as did his daughter. All the more remarkable, then, that these women loomed so large in the lives of their husbands - and, in some cases, their country.

 
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Hardback Editions

November 2009 : USA Hardback
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 0-06-113912-2 / 978-0-06-113912-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Smithsonian
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Paperback Editions

November 2010 : USA Paperback
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 0-06-113913-0 / 978-0-06-113913-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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Audio Editions

September 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 1-4417-5653-1 / 978-1-4417-5653-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 1-4417-5654-X / 978-1-4417-5654-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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September 2010 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 1-4417-5656-6 / 978-1-4417-5656-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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September 2010 : USA MP3 CD
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
ISBN: 1-4417-5657-4 / 978-1-4417-5657-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2010 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

October 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers
Author(s): Thomas Fleming
Publisher: Collins Reference
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