Come meet Henry S. Bradsher, author of “The Dalai Lama’s Secret and Other Reporting Adventures: Stories from a Cold War Correspondent”, on Saturday, November 16, 2013 from noon – 2 PM at Barnes & Noble located in the Gateway Plaza.
Bradsher, who is visiting from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, worked with the Associated Press and the Washington Star for a quarter-century in India, the Soviet Union and Hong Kong. He won the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 1973 and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for international reporting in 1972.
Before beginning his career as a foreign correspondent, Bradsher covered the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott and the attempted bombing of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Montgomery home. He arrived at Dr. King’s home immediately after the 16-stick dynamite bomb had been disabled.
While in India, Bradsher uncovered and reported the Dalai Lama’s secret. This vital secret had been closely guarded for more than a decade.
While in Moscow, Bradsher reported on the downfall of Nikita Khrushchev. The KGB, the Soviet intelligence service, later bombed his car.
While in Hong Kong, Communist Chinese officials in mainland China labeled him “the most despicable” journalist. After a power shift, they welcomed him as the first American journalist allowed to work in China in over a year.
Also while reporting from Hong Kong, Bradsher faced the challenge of Henry Kissinger’s attempts to thwart publication of his reports. History later proved the accuracy of his reports.
Bradsher will sign copies of The Dalai Lama’s Secret at Barnes and Noble, Lahaina, Saturday, November 16, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. He will speak to the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise at Pioneer Inn Tuesday, November 19, from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and to the Rotary Club of Lahaina at Royal Lahaina Resort Thursday, November 21, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to each of the three events.