James Bradley is the fourth child of flagraiser John "Doc" Bradley.
Raised in Wisconsin, Bradley 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. Bradley 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 an avid reader of history, enjoys discovering exotic cuisine,
cliff diving, golfing and snow skiing.
Bradley has established a foundation in support of American and Japanese student exchange programs to offer young people the chance to experience each other's cultures.
He remains a professional motivational speaker and is working on his second book, Tales on The Road to Tokyo. Bradley co-wrote his first book Flags of Our Fathers about the six men who planted the American flag at Iwo Jima.
He divides his time between homes in New York's Westchester County, and Jamaica.
This biography was last updated on 08/27/2013.
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Interview with James Bradley
1. How long did the creation of FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS take?
In the beginning I didn't conceive of it as a book, it was just a personal search for my father's past. When we found my dad's Iwo memories in those cardboard boxes after his death in January of 1994 I was intrigued. I phoned Dave Severance, his Captain on Iwo Jima, searching for the reasons my father had been so silent for so long. Dave introduced me to other Easy Company survivors and I phoned them. And all the while I was speaking with the other flagraisers' family members. Many years ago in business I started the habit of taking verbatim notes when people spoke, rather than relying upon my faulty memory. So when the stories tumbled over the telephone line, I would close my eyes and type. I emailed these stories to my family and friends. Their reactions convinced me to write the book.
2. Your opening chapter (see excerpt on this site) describes your and your family members' visit to Iwo Jima-a moving, powerful, personal experience. Was it then you knew you needed to write this book?
The book was well under way by the time we went to Iwo Jima. I realized I needed to write the book after I visited with the ...
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