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The Kid
The Immortal Life of Ted Williams
By Ben Bradlee, Jr.

Reviews of Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s “The Kid”:

American Spectator’s Paul Reid reviews “The Kid” in the March 2014 issue

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The Wall Street Journal, by Howard Schneider, Dec. 6, 2013
The Splenetic Splinter

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USA Today, by Don Oldenburg, Dec. 21, 21013
Ted Williams bio “The Kid” hits it out of the park

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Amazon.com, by Neal Thompson, an “Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2013” Dec. 1, 2013

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UT-San Diego, Doug Williams, Dec. 1, 2013
A TRULY SPLENDID BIOGRAPHY: Bradlee’s “The Kid” paints a more complete portrait of Ted Williams than previous efforts

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The Associated Press, by Jerry Harkavy, Dec. 3, 2013, published by more than four dozen newspapers
The Definitive Portrait of Baseball’s Greatest Hitter

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Slate, by David Bry, Dec. 5, 2013
Natural Hitter My Ass: The Perfect Swing and Complicated Life of Ted Williams

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The New York Times Sunday Book Review, by Charles McGrath, Dec. 7, 2013
The Splendid Splinter: The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams, by Ben Bradlee, Jr.

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The Boston Globe, by Allan Barra, Dec. 7, 2013
An unsentimental look at Ted Williams the man, the player

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The New York Times Sunday Book Review, by Gregory Cowles, Dec. 22, 2013
Inside The List

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Claude R. Marx reviews “The Kid” in the Washington Times

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The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune’s Bob D'Angelo reviews “The Kid”

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The Washington Post’s Steven V. Roberts reviews “The Kid”

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The New York Times reviews “The Kid”

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The Denver Post’s Troy E. Renck reviews “The Kid”

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The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Glenn Atschuler reviews “The Kid,” Dec. 15, 2013

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Lucas Mann reviews “The Kid” for the San Francisco Chronicle

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“The Kid” is “The Best Book Ever Written About Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams”

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Robert Israel recommends “The Kid” in ArtsFuse

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Entertainment Weekly gives “The Kid” an A

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TV and radio interviews in support of “The Kid”:

Christopher Lydon interviews Ben Bradlee, Jr. for “Radio Open Source”

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Greater Boston, WGBH-TV (PBS), with Emily Rooney, Dec. 2, 2013
Baseball and Cryonics: Ben Bradlee, Jr. Talks About Red Sox Slugger Ted Williams

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Fresh Air, with Dave Davies, Dec. 3, 2013, nationally syndicated NPR show. Segment had aired on more than three dozen regional NPR stations by Dec. 10, 2013
A Perfectionist Ballplayer With Many Demons

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Broadside, NECN-TV (Comcast-owned regional news network), with Jim Braude, Dec. 4, 2013
Telling the story of Ted Williams

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Radio Boston, WBUR-FM, (NPR), with Bob Oakes, Dec. 5, 2013
Ben Bradlee, Jr. On Ted Williams

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Taking Stock, Bloomberg News, with Pimm Fox, Dec. 6, 2013
What Ted Williams Was Like On and Off the Field

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Stay Up Late with KO, ESPN TV, with Keith Olbermann, Dec. 6, 2013
Ben Bradlee, Jr. joins Keith Olbermann to discuss “The Kid”

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WBUR-FM/The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Dec. 8, 2013, with Bob Ryan

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Charlie Rose, PBS, with Charlie Rose, Dec. 16, 2013

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WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, NightSide, with Dan Rea, Dec. 17, 2103

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CBS This Morning, with Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Anthony Mason, Dec. 18, 2013

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The Sporting Life, ESPN Radio, with Jeremy Schaap, Dec. 22, 2013

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Midday Edition, KPBS, with Megan Burke and Maureen Cavanaugh, Jan. 14, 2013

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The City Club of San Diego hosts Ben Bradlee, Jr. , Jan. 14, 2014

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News About “The Kid”:

Boston Globe special excerpts from “The Kid”

Details about Ted Williams’s life and last hours, first of three parts

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Part Two: Feud with the sportswriters helped Ted hit harder

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Part Three: Williams and DiMaggio approached things differently

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Robert Birnbaum talks with Ben Bradlee, Jr. about “The Kid” and how it was received

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The New Haven Register’s Chip Malafronte says Bradlee leaves “no stone unturned”

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Orange County Register’s Marcia A. Smith on “The Kid”

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Boston Globe chat readers ask Ben Bradlee, Jr. about “The Kid”

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“The Kid” cited as a great seller for independent book stores

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La Jolla’s Patch.com writes about Ben Bradlee, Jr.

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Kevin Cullen writes about Ben Bradlee and “The Kid”

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Tucker Shaw in the Denver Post: Five questions with Ben Bradlee Jr.

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“The Kid” debuts on the New York Times’ Best Sellers’ List

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A look inside the New York Times’ Sunday Book Review’s best sellers’ list by Gregory Cowles

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Ted Williams: Mexican American Baseball Superstar, War Hero,
by Raoul Lowery Contreras

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Ben Affleck talks about Ted Williams with Entertainment Weekly

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Biographers International interviews Ben Bradlee, Jr.

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Boston magazine’s Matthew Reed Baker on the “ultimate Ted Williams biography”

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The Improper Bostonian “Ted Talk” interview with Ben Bradlee, Jr.

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The New York Times Style Section on biographies that don’t “skimp” on details

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Colby College’s alumni magazine profiles Ben Bradlee, Jr.

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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