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James Bradley

Inspirational Historian and World War II Scholar

Celebrated historian and inspiring storyteller James Bradley shares how each of us can accomplish the impossible by following the lessons of those from the “Greatest Generation.” 

Bradley’s World War II book—Flags of Our Fathers—became a worldwide bestseller and a movie produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Clint Eastwood. As a noted World War II scholar and expert on the war in the Pacific, Bradley's keynote speeches are moving testaments to the men and women who do the "impossible" every day. His message of understanding and learning from earlier generations is powerful and an uplifting remedy for today’s Divided States of America. Using moving examples of ordinary citizens thinking outside the box, Bradley motivates audiences to engage their challenges, conquer what seems unbeatable, and acquire the mindset necessary to achieve victory. 

Bradley began his love of history as a boy after reading an article by former president Harry Truman recommending that young readers start with historical biographies as a way to learn about people while absorbing the times of their journey. He’s been stuck on history ever since, which is what led him to write his first book about the unknown story behind the Marines who famously raised the flag on Iwo Jima. 

Other spellbinding bestsellers by Bradley include Flyboys: A True Story of Courage; The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia; and The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War. 

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