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Guest:James Bradley
Author of “The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia”
Website: James Bradley's Website

James Bradley was born in Wisconsin to Betty and John Bradley, the fourth of eight children. John Bradley was one of the six men photographed raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on the island of Iwo Jima. John then settled in Wisconsin as the director of a funeral parlor and an upstanding, respected citizen.

At the age of nineteen, James Bradley studied for a year in Tokyo at Sophia University. In the following years, he traveled to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, France, Germany, Italy, and England. After earning his degree in East Asian History from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he worked in the corporate communications industry in the United States, Japan, England, and South Africa.

After the death of his father, John, James Bradley wrote Flags of Our Fathers in 2000. It became a bestseller, and since then, Bradley has written two more books. Flyboys, published in 2003, documents the lives of eight airmen whose deaths on the Japanese island of Chichi Jima were kept secret by the U.S. government; the eighth airman, who lived, was George Herbert Walker Bush. In his 2009 book The Imperial Cruise, Bradley investigates President Theodore Roosevelt's policy with regard to Japan.

Inspired by his own experience studying in Tokyo as a teenager, Bradley founded the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which sends American students to live in homes overseas. He is currently the president of this foundation, as well as a public speaker.

THE BOOK: “The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia”

In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind America's engagement in Asia. Now comes his most engrossing work yet. Beginning in the 1850s, Bradley introduces us to the prominent Americans who made their fortunes in the China opium trade. As they---good Christians all---profitably addicted millions, American missionaries arrived, promising salvation for those who adopted Western ways.

And that was just the beginning.

From drug dealer Warren Delano to his grandson Franklin Delano Roosevelt, from the port of Hong Kong to the towers of Princeton University, from the era of Appomattox to the age of the A-Bomb, THE CHINA MIRAGE explores a difficult century that defines U.S.-Chinese relations to this day.

Guest: Dean Jobb
Author of “Empire of Deception
Website: Dean Jobb's Website

I am a journalism professor and an award-winning author and investigative journalist who lives in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. In my thirty-year career I have written on an array of subjects – history, current events, law, business, politics, media issues, workplace safety, science, travel and books. (My surname is pronounced Jobe).

My latest book is Empire of Deception: The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation. It’s the stranger-than-fiction saga of con man Leo Koretz, the Bernie Madoff of the 1920s and a fraud artist extraordinare the New York Times dubbed “the most resourceful confidence man in the United States.” The smooth-talking Chicago lawyer enticed hundreds of people to invest as much as $30 million – some $400 million today – in his imaginary Panamanian oil fields.

I’m a member of the Crime Writers of Canada and the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia.

I am an associate professor in the School of Journalism, University of King’s College in Halifax, where I have been a member of faculty since 2003 after teaching part-time for more than a decade. My specialties include investigative reporting, writing and editing, newspaper production, defamation and other forms of media law, journalists’ ethics, freedom of information and the history of journalism. Parties involved in defamation suits have retained me as an expert on responsible journalism and libel law and I have conducted professional development seminars for Rogers Media, the Canadian and Ontario community newspaper associations, and the Canadian Association of Journalists. I have been invited to speak to an array of groups and organizations, including the Atlantic Booksellers Association, the Canadian Judicial Council and the Bibliographical Society of Canada.

THE BOOK: “Empire of Deception”

It was a time of unregulated madness. And nowhere was it madder than in Chicago at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties. As Model Ts rumbled down Michigan Avenue, gang war shootings announced Al Capone’s rise to underworld domination. Bedecked partygoers thronged to the Drake Hotel’s opulent banquet rooms, corrupt politicians held court in thriving speakeasies, and the frenzy of stock market gambling was rampant.

Enter a slick, smooth-talking, charismatic lawyer named Leo Koretz, who enticed hundreds of people (who should have known better) to invest as much as $30 million–upwards of $400 million today–in phantom timberland and nonexistent oil wells in Panama. It was an ingenious deceit, one that out-ponzied Charles Ponzi himself, who only a few years earlier had been arrested for a pyramid scheme. Leo had a good run–his was perhaps the longest fraud in history–and when his enterprise finally collapsed in 1923, he vanished. The Cook County state’s attorney, a man whose lust for power equaled Leo’s own lust for money, began an international manhunt that lasted almost a year. When finally apprehended, Leo was living a life of luxury in Nova Scotia under the assumed identity of a book dealer and literary critic. A salacious court hearing followed, and his mysterious death in a Chicago prison rivaled the rest of his almost-too-bizarre-to-believe life.

A rip-roaring tale of greed, financial corruption, dirty politics, over-the-top and under-the-radar deceit, illicit sex, and a brilliant and wildly charming con man on the town and then on the lam, Empire of Deception has it all. It’s not only a rich and detailed account of a man and an era; it’s a fascinating look at the methods of swindlers throughout history. Leo Koretz was the Bernie Madoff of his day, and Dean Jobb shows us that the American dream of easy wealth is timeless.

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Guest:James Bradley
Author of “The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia”
Website: James Bradley's Website

Guest: Dean Jobb
Author of “Empire of Deception
Website: Dean Jobb's Website

Jack Girardi
Website: www.girardikeese.com

Steve Murphy
Executive Producer and Host
Website: www.lbishow.com

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 23:00