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About Ben Bradlee Jr.

Ben Bradlee Jr. is the author of the New York Times best-selling biography The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, published by Little, Brown on December 3, 2013.

He spent 25 years, from 1979 to 2004, with The Boston Globe 10 years as a reporter and 15 as an editor.

As a deputy managing editor, Bradlee oversaw the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church from July 2001 to August 2002, and also supervised the production of a book on the subject, “Betrayal”, which Little, Brown published to critical acclaim in June, 2002.

His first editing assignment was as Political Editor, supervising the paper’s State House and City Hall bureaus in 1989 and 1990. He then served as Assistant Managing Editor for local news from January of 1991, to November of 1993, when he was named Assistant Managing Editor for Projects and Investigations. He was later promoted to Deputy Managing Editor, while retaining the same position. In that capacity, Bradlee oversaw the Spotlight Team (the Globe’s investigative unit) and several other reporters who produced longterm projects or series. He also worked on an adhoc basis with reporters on the metropolitan, business, national and foreign staffs in producing special projects, and occasionally, wrote major pieces himself.

As a reporter, he served on the Spotlight Team, at the State House bureau, and as the paper’s roving national correspondent from 1982-1986. He covered the 1988 presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis and also reported overseas for The Globe from Afghanistan, South Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Vietnam.

Bradlee has written three previous books. His first was “The Ambush Murders”, the case of a black activist accused and ultimately acquitted after three trials of killing two white policemen in Riverside, Calif. It was a story about smalltown justice and how justice functions in emotionally-charged circumstances when police investigate the deaths of two of their own. The book was published in 1979 by Dodd, Mead, and later made into a television movie for CBS.

Bradlee was co-author of “Prophet of Blood” the story of polygamous cult leader and self-styled prophet of God Ervil LeBaron, whom authorities considered responsible for up to a dozen murders in the Intermountain West and Mexico during the 70’s. The book which explored the interplay between sex, violence and religion in an offshoot of the Mormon Church was published by G.P. Putnam in 1981.

Bradlee’s third book was “Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North.” Published by Donald I. Fine Inc. in 1988, the book chronicled North and the Iran-Contra affair, and was the basis for a four-hour television mini-series which aired on CBS in May of 1989.

A graduate of Colby College, Bradlee served in the Peace Corps in Afghanistan from 1970-1972. On his return to the United States in 1972, he went to work as a reporter for the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise, remaining there until mid 1975.

Bradlee has three children. He and his wife Janice live outside Boston.

Appearances & Book Signings

Feb. 25th | 6:00pm book talk and signing
Barnes & Noble, Lake Sumter Market Square, 1055 Old Camp Road, The Villages, FL. 32162

March 1st | 2:00pm book talk and signing
Barnes & Noble, 11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL. 33618

March 2nd | 2:00pm, book talk and signing
Barnes & Noble, 4010 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. 34231

March 3rd | 1:00pm, book talk and signing
Vero Beach Book Center, 392 21st St., Vero Beach, FL. 32960

March 5th | 6:30pm book talk and signing
Books & Books, 927 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL. 33139

March 10th | 1:00pm book signing
Jet Blue Park, 11581 Daniels Parkway, Ft. Myers, FL. 33913

March 12th | 7:00pm book talk and signing
Barnes & Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL. 34108

March 17th | 7:00pm book talk and signing
Barnes & Noble, 13751 Tamiami Trail, Ft. Myers, FL. 33912

March 20th | 7:00pm talk and book signing
Books-A-Million, 6701 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL, 32819

March 25th - March 26th conference and signing
Oxford Book Conference at the University of Mississippi. Panel with Curtis Wilkie and signing at Square Books, Oxford, MS, 38655

March 31st book talk and signing
Hampshire House, 84 Beacon St., Boston, Mass., Hosted by Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and the Hampshire House. For ticket information call 617-227-4646.

April 1st book talk and signing
Bergino Baeball Clubhouse, 67 East 11th St., the Flat Iron Building, New York, NY.

April 3rd | 5:30 - 8:00pm “Pros” & Conversation Gala
At the Lucy Wheelock Mansion, Wheelock College, The Fenway, Boston, MA.

April 7th | 6:30pm book talk and signing
Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Cambridge, MA.

April 16th book talk and signing
Rockport Public Library, 17 School St., Rockport, MA.

April 28th book talk and signing
Prospect Public Library, 17 Center St., Prospect, CT.

May 6th, book talk and signing
Falmouth Historical Society, Education Center, 55 Palmer Ave., Falmouth, MA., 02540

May 13th book talking and signing
Bear Pond Books, 77 Main Street, Montpelier, VT. 05602

May 14th | 7:00pm book talk and signing
Marlborough Public Library, 35 West Main St., Marlborough, MA.

May 16th to May 18th conference
Biographers International Organization, University of Massachusetts Boston, Columbia Point, Boston, MA.

May 27th 7:00pm book talk and signing
Weston Public Library, 87 School St., Weston MA 02493

June 20th to 22nd Nantucket Book Festival
Nantucket Book Festival, Various Venues, Nantucket, MA.

October 25th book panel
The Boston Book Festival, Copley Square, Boston MA

Trailer for “The Kid”

First Pitch

Red Sox game at Jet Blue Park on March 10, 2014