James Bradley will discuss his best-selling book, “Flags of Our Fathers,” during Millikin University’s annual T.W. Samuels Lecture on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkland Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations required.
Bradley burst onto the national scene as an author in 2000 with his New York Times No. 1 best-selling book, “Flags of Our Fathers,” the story of the six men who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima. The photograph of the flag-raising is the most reproduced image in photographic history. One of the figures in the iconic shot is Bradley’s father, John Bradley.
“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.”
Bradley’s second book, “Flyboys: A True Story of Courage,” is the true story of young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima. Eight of these young men were captured by Japanese troops and taken prisoner. A ninth flyboy was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president.
In 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.”
Bradley was raised in Wisconsin and studied at the University of Notre Dame and Sophia University in Tokyo. He graduated with a degree in East Asian history from the University of Wisconsin. Bradley 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, scuba-dived in deep waters worldwide, trekked to Mount Everest’s base camp and walked among lions in Africa.
He 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 host family.
For more information on James Bradley, visit www.jamesbradley.com
The T.W. Samuels Lecture Series was created in 1977 in honor of attorney T.W. Samuels, senior partner in the Decatur law firm of Samuels, Miller, Schroeder, Jackson and Sly. Samuels was active in Decatur community affairs until his death in 1989 at age 103. Samuels’ sons, William J. Samuels of Menlo Park, Calif., and the late Dr. Thomas W. Samuels Jr. created an endowment fund to finance the series in recognition of their father. The endowment is used to bring great thinkers and speakers to Millikin for the purpose of community enrichment.
For more information on the event, call 217.424.6383.