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Books By Ben Bradlee Jr.

The Kid - The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

At long last, the epic biography Ted Williams deserves—and that his fans have been waiting for.

By Ben Bradlee Jr.

Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him–and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America–and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter’s box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

“THE KID” is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at–bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee’s marvelous book clears the fences, too.

Guts & Glory - The Rise and Fall of Oliver North

Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North

By Ben Bradlee Jr.

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.

Prophet of Blood - The Untold Story of Ervil Lebaron and the Lambs of God

Prophet of Blood: The Untold Story of Ervil Lebaron and the Lambs of God

By Ben Bradlee Jr.

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.

The Ambush Murders

The Ambush Murders

By Ben Bradlee Jr.

Ben’s first book 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 small–town 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.

Recent News

"The Kid"
a Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist

"THE KID" was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards, for best history-biography of 2014. Thank you to all who supported the book.
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Paperback Edition Published

The paperback version of "THE KID" was published on December 2, 2014. The retail price is $25 and it's available at bookstores everywhere, as well as online at Amazon.com » and
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"The Kid" is Optioned for a Movie

Here's the story, as reported by "Dateline Hollywood" on July 10, 2014
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Bradlee Featured in ESPN Film on Williams

Ben discusses the cryonics controversy that dominated coverage of Ted Williams' death in this 30-minute film for the popular 30-30 Series on ESPN released on 2/17/15.

Bradlee Featured in "Spotlight"

"THE KID" isn't the only project involving Ben in the works. Much further along is "Spotlight," a film about the Boston Globe's investigation into the Catholic Church sexual abuse crisis for which the paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2003. As Deputy Managing Editor, Ben oversaw the four reporters on the Spotlight Team, the Globe investigative unit, which produced the stories. Reporters Walter Robinson, Mike Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll are featured in the movie, along with Bradlee (who is played by John Slattery of "Mad Men" fame) and the Globe's editor at the time, Marty Baron. The film has wrapped and will be released in the fall of 2015.
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Trailer for “The Kid”

First Pitch

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