John Ferling, professor emeritus at the University of West Georgia, has written biographies of George Washington and John Adams. He has also written extensively on the political and military aspects of the American Revolution and the early republic, including the award-winning Almost a Miracle: The American Victory in the War of Independence (2007). His Whirlwind: The American Revolution and the War that Won It (2015) won the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for the best book on the revolutionary period and was also recognized by Kirkus as one of the six best nonfiction books of the year. His most recent book is Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe. and the Struggle against the Old Order in America and Europe (2018).
Thomas Paine was an important figure during the American Revolution. His Common Sense put the question of independence on the table and The American Crisis helped bolster morale during the long, difficult War of Independence. His later writings on republicanism were important in shaping the outlook of countless Americans. He should be considered one of America’s founders.