David Bradley is the quintessential American self-made man whose generosity of spirit and money apparently belies the intelligence, tenacity and skill of a street fighter, according to a stunning 25,000-word New Yorker piece released Wednesday.
The owner of Atlantic Media is the quiet, persistent protagonist of “Five Hostages,” a detailed chronicle of how five families of U.S. hostages banded together because they felt abandoned by their government.
In Bradley, they found a kindred soul who knew about tragedy in war after losing journalist Michael Kelly near the start of the second Iraq War. Kelly died in a Humvee during an accident in what was a huge loss for Bradley and National Journal, which he owns. Kelly was the first journalist to die in the conflict and the pain was personal and professional for Bradley. Read more