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Brad Meltzer            

Host of History Channel’s "Lost History" & "Brad Meltzer’s Decoded;" New York Times Best-Selling Author

Brad Meltzer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, and seven other bestselling thrillers. His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, were also New York Times bestsellers. He is the host of the acclaimed History Channel series Brad Meltzer's Decoded and the Eisner Award-winning writer of the comic book series Justice League of America. His newest book is History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time. His new children’s books, including I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln, come out in January 2014. In addition, he is the host of the new series on H2, Brad Meltzer’s Lost History, which presents the stories of various historical artifacts that have gone missing and asks the public to help find them.

His books have a total of almost six million copies in print, have spent over nine months on bestseller lists, and have been translated into over 25 languages from Hebrew to Bulgarian.

Meltzer has played himself as an extra in Woody Allen's Celebrity. As a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia Law School, he earned credit for writing his first book, which became The Tenth Justice. He's been featured on The Today Show and in major publications including Time, USA Today, Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and dozens of newspapers across the country.

His nonfiction books, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter, examine global heroes from Gandhi to Rosa Parks to Lucille Ball and the qualities they shared that allowed them to shape the modern world. While cataloging the lives of so many impactful individuals, Meltzer grew to understand three truths to successful leadership: communicate and collaborate with your team; admit and overcome your limitations; and represent your organization, don’t have it represent you. Meltzer expounds on these insights in an article for Spirit Magazine and has shared his philosophies with corporations nationwide.

Speech Topics

What’s Your Legacy?

When the Wall Street Journal told Brad that one of his charitable acts would be in his obituary, it sent Brad on a quest to find out what else his legacy might be. Hear the funny, inspiring, and always entertaining story that will never let you look at your life the same way again.

Leadership Lessons from People Who Changed the World

What can we learn about leadership from Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Amelia Earhart, George Washington, Gandhi or Einstein? Brad Meltzer’s two million-selling I AM series has helped teach an entire generation about the world’s greatest heroes. Brad’s latest book, #1 Amazon best-seller The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington was praised by Bill Clinton and lauded by George H.W. Bush as “a wonderful book about leadership.” In this thought-provoking talk, the best-selling author looks at these figures through the lens of leadership and promoting positive organizational values and culture. What do these great heroes have in common? Meltzer contends that their accomplishments didn’t come from their resumes. Instead, they came from the moral values they displayed as kids — values that we need to get back to in corporate culture today: decency, humility, generosity and selflessness. So much more than a history lesson, this fascinating motivational keynote zeroes in on the enduring elements of leadership and culture that transcend trends, technology and changing times.

The Greatest Risk You’ll Ever Take

What’s the greatest risk you’ll ever take in your life? It’s admitting what you want. We all know what we want. But we rarely admit it. Why? Because putting yourself out there—especially emotionally—is scary. If you admit what you want, you risk not getting it. And failure terrifies us. So how do you actually pull it off? How do you take the greatest risk you’ll ever take in your life and admit what you want? You need to do three things: Remember what you love, remember what got you’re here, and most important, remember what terrifies you. See the commencement address that will leave you breathless.

Don't Let Anyone Tell You 'No'

Brad's family moved from Brooklyn to Miami with only $1,200 to their name. A decade later, he got 24 rejection letters for his first novel. A year after that, he started his climb to the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List and his own television show. The adventure between is a classic tale with a truly incredible ending.

How To Be A Hero

On the night Brad Meltzer's first son was born, he began collecting heroes for his boy. And for nearly a decade, Meltzer studied these heroes throughout history. From Thomas Jefferson (who had the humility to never publicly take credit for writing the Declaration of Independence) to the Wright Brothers (who brought extra materials to every test flight, anticipating their own failure) to George Washington to Rosa Parks to Mr. Rogers, Meltzer reminds us that their stories are not about fame-- they're about what we are all capable of on our very best days. See why Meltzer's book on heroes-- from Jackie Robinson, to Abraham Lincoln, to Eleanor Roosevelt-- shot up the inspirational bestseller list.


Author Brad Meltzer brings hidden truths to Winter Park Library
Author Brad Meltzer, host of History Channel's "Decoded," has studied some of history's biggest conspiracy theories. He'll be discussing his latest novel, "The House of Secrets," co-authored with Tod Goldberg, at a meet-and-greet fundraiser at the Winter Park Library, followed by a public signing session Friday, June 10.
Brad Meltzer to sign latest book at Preservation Week booth
On Sunday, June 26 New York Times best-selling author, television host and library advocate Brad Meltzer will sign copies of his latest book at the Preservation Week booth at 1 p.m. Meltzer is the 2016 Preservation Week Honorary Chair and will be an Auditorium Speaker at 10:30-11:30 a.m. on June 26 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.
Brad Meltzer Launches Revamped Website, Teases Upcoming “Big” TV News
Bestselling author Brad Meltzer just unveiled a really slick-looking, totally revamped website. While the old website was perfectly fine, at least in my opinion, the new one looks simply fantastic and is more user-friendly on top of boasting a far more stylish layout.
10 things you didn't know about author Brad Meltzer | Huffington Post
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