The first speaker in the 2019 Speaker Series Line Up has been announced!
BCA is proud to announce that James Bradley will take the stage, on January 25th, at the first Hospitality Breakfast of 2019!
Inspirational, Best-Selling Author of "Flags of Our Fathers"
James Bradley burst onto the national scene as an author in 2000 with his New York Times #1
best-selling book Flags of Our Fathers. The Times called it “the surprise runaway nonfiction best
seller of the season".
Flags of Our Fathers was released as a motion picture in 2007, and was directed by Clint
Eastwood. It is the companion film to the Academy Award-nominated Letters from Iwo Jima.
Flags of Our Fathers is about the six boys who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. The
photograph is the most reproduced in photographic history. One of the figures in the photograph
is Bradley’s father, John Bradley.
Bradley’s second book Flyboys debuted September 30, 2003 on NBC’s top-rated morning
program, The Today Show and was followed by other national media and an extended two-
month, 25-city national book tour.
Flyboys is the secret story of eight naval aviators who were beheaded on the island next to Iwo
Jima. A ninth Flyboy got away. His name was George Herbert Walker Bush.
In November 2009, Bradley released his third book, the critically acclaimed The Imperial Cruise.
An in-depth exploration of Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy, it was hailed by the New York
Times as “startling enough to change conventional wisdom,” and was the bestselling history
book of 2009.
Bradley is also a professional motivational speaker who delivers his message, Doing the
Impossible to corporate and association audiences across the country. In the past three years
Bradley has addressed hundreds of thousands of listeners in major hotel ballrooms and
convention centers in cities across the country.
His forthcoming book, The China Mirage, is described as a spellbinding history of turbulent
U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to World War II and Mao's ascent. The China Mirage
was released in the fall of 2014.
Bradley was raised in Wisconsin, studied at the University of Notre Dame, Sophia University in
Tokyo, Japan and graduated with a degree in East Asian History from the University of
Wisconsin. Bradley has vast experience writing and producing corporate films and corporate
meetings; he has traveled the world, living and working in more than 40 countries for nearly a
decade. He has run companies in the United States, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. He has jumped out of airplanes at 15,000 feet, has scuba-dived in deep waters worldwide, trekked to Mount Everest's base camp, and walked among lions in Africa. He is an avid reader of history, enjoys discovering exotic cuisine, cliff diving, golfing, and snow skiing.
Bradley is President of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which is dedicated to fostering
understanding between America and Asia. The foundation sends American schoolchildren to
High School in Japan and China where they live with a family.