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A sampling of articles by Ben Bradlee Jr. from The Boston Globe

Romney seeks new chapter in success;

Family, religion, politics shape Senate candidate’s life;

By Ben Bradlee Jr., Globe Staff

The Boston Globe – August 7, 1994, Sunday, City Edition

After Boston venture capitalist Mitt Romney decided last year to run for the Senate against Ted Kennedy, some members of the Romney clan suggested he read “The Senator,” a kiss–and–tell account of life with Kennedy by his former chief of staff.

Romney seemed almost embarrassed to admit that such a hardball suggestion had come from one of his own. “I don’t want personal perspective to cloud my vision of the race,” he said.

Of course, his campaign would like it known that if voters want a senator who represents the antithesis of the wild sex, drugs and other debauchery attributed to Kennedy in the book by Richard E. Burke, Romney is their man.

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Simpson unbowed on trial eve

In interview, cites broad public support, condemns media

By Ben Bradlee Jr. and Adam Pertman, Globe Staff

The Boston Globe – September 15, 1996, Sunday, City Edition

On the eve of his civil trial on wrongful death charges in the slaying of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, O. J. Simpson says he feels “as good about myself as I have ever felt.”

In a two–hour interview with The Boston Globe at his home in Brentwood last week, Simpson said he was at peace. And while he lamented the passing of his image as a hero and acknowledged that his days as a broadcaster and pitchman were over, he said he had received other business and acting offers.

He said he had retained no public relations consultants to try to burnish his image, nor does he intend to. Since his acquittal last October on charges he murdered his former wife and Goldman, Simpson insisted he has been almost universally well–received wherever he has gone.

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Afghanistan’s fight to the finish;

A Nation Dissolves into tribal war; Taliban, once seen as saviors, now the latest scourge to fall on embattled land;

By Ben Bradlee Jr., Globe Staff

The Boston Globe – November 3, 1996, Sunday, City Edition

On the first floor of the dank, dark and frayed Ministry of Foreign Affairs here is a huge poster of a group of Afghan tribesmen playing buzkashi, the country’s wild national game in which horsemen skirmish for possession of a headless goat carcass.

Today, after 17 years of war in which more than a million people have been killed, six million have fled and the country has been reduced to shambles, Afghanistan faces its own "buzkashi scenario." Many observers fear that the country’s militia factions, riven by seemingly intractable tribal and religious differences, will fight on indefinitely toward an uncertain finish – with the hapless nation itself becoming the goat’s carcass.

Once the fulcrum on which the final great battle of the Cold War was fought, Afghanistan and its vaunted mujahideen, the holy warriors who forced the former Soviet Union to quit the country ignominiously in 1989 after ten years, never paused to savor their triumph.

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Special Report

Reconciling a divided land; Truth Commission seeks new paradigm for South Africa;

By Ben Bradlee Jr., Globe Staff

The Boston Globe – November 8, 1998, Sunday, City Edition

CAPE TOWN – Peter stole a bicycle from John.

Time passed. Peter said, “Let’s talk about reconciliation.”

But John replied: “I need the bike back first.”

The Rev. Mxolisi Mpambani, pastor of St. Michael’s church in the nearby township of Guguletu, told that “short story” earlier this year at a symposium here on the prospects for reconciliation in South Africa.

It remains a parable for the times, as the country digests the seminal 3,500–page report released 10 days ago by the government–appointed Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Most blacks are demanding restoration of their dignity and compensation for their suffering before they agree to reconcile with whites.

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Vietnam Today Market Leninism

The global economy is forcing Hanoi to Tiptoe down a free market track. But can an aging, calcified politburo control the speed of change and keep business from reforming itself out of business

By Ben Bradlee Jr., Globe Staff

The Boston Globe – April 30, 2000, Sunday, Third Edition

HANOI – At certain times and in certain places, Vietnam’s capital still feels like a Cold War bunker. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin himself looms over a small park in the center of Hanoi. Street–corner loudspeakers play tinny music and blare out official pronouncements. Posters and banners exhort apple–cheeked workers to give their all for the national communist good.

But walk a block or two and you will pass such emblems of capitalism as a branch of the Bank of America, a store selling TV satellite dishes, and a travel agency advertising a 12–day Las Vegas getaway for $2,199. There are even Internet Cafes. Lenin and Las Vegas – communism and capitalism – live side by side in modern Vietnam. It is not always an easy coexistence, but even diehard Marxists here believe there is no other choice. The challenge for the regime a quarter–century after its army drove out the most powerful capitalist country on earth is to change, to embrace market reforms, but in doing so, not to lose control.

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Bradlee Featured in Recent PBS Documentary on Ted Williams

Ben - who wrote the 2013 biography "The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams" - discusses Williams in the 60-minute American Masters production: "Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" which aired on 7/23/18

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Bradlee Featured in "Spotlight"

Ben was portrayed by actor John Slattery in the film "Spotlight", which won the Best Picture Oscar in 2016. The movie is 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: Walter Robinson, Mike Rezendes, Sacha Pfeiffer and Matt Carroll.
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