Kickoff Breakfast

Join us for the NAAA Ag Aviation Expo
December 7–10, 2020 ♦ Savannah, GA
Savannah Convention Center & Westin Savannah

2020 Kickoff Breakfast Speaker: James Bradley
Inspirational Historian and World War II Scholar


Author of Flags of Our Fathers and FLYBOYS, celebrated historian, inspiring storyteller, and New York Times best-selling author James Bradley will speak at the NAAA Ag Aviation Expo Kickoff Breakfast on Monday, Dec. 7 at the Westin Savannah Harbor.  September 2, 2020 marks
 the 75th Commemoration of the End of World War II; a war that took the lives of over 405,000 U.S. military personnel. It is only fitting that we honor those brave men and women on this hallowed anniversary with James Bradley’s words of tribute to the Greatest Generation.  Bradley wrote the World War II book—Flags of Our Fathers—about the battle of Iwo Jima which became a worldwide bestseller and a movie produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Clint Eastwood. As a noted World War II scholar and expert on the war in the Pacific, Bradley's speech is a moving testament to the men and women who do the "impossible" every day. 

Bradley’s other Pacific book, FLYBOYS, tells the stories of how nine American flyers-Navy and Marine pilots sent to bomb Japanese communications towers there were shot down. One of those nine was miraculously rescued by a U.S. Navy submarine. The others were captured by Japanese soldiers on Chichi Jima and held prisoner. Then they disappeared. The one rescued was George H.W. Bush the 43rd President of the United States.

Today, in 2020, many Americans doubt the country’s ability to come together. Many believe we live in the “Divided States of America.”  Bradley takes us back seventy-five years to when men like his father, George H.W. Bush and other heroes of that era epitomized courage, cooperation, sacrifice, and ultimately, victory. 
 
Bradley began his love of history as a boy after reading an article by former president Harry Truman recommending that young readers start with historical biographies as a way to learn about people while absorbing the times of their journey. He’s been stuck on history ever since, which is what led him to write his first book about the unknown story behind the Marines who famously raised the flag on Iwo Jima.
 
Other spellbinding bestsellers by Bradley include The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia; and The Imperial Cruise: A Secret History of Empire and War.