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Brad Meltzer

Brad Meltzer

    • #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Escape Artist and eleven other bestselling thrillers
    • Host, Brad Meltzer's Lost History on H2 and Brad Meltzer's Decoded on The History Channel
    • Philanthropist
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Brad Meltzer Commencement Speech at Michigan Law (short version)

Brad Meltzer Commencement Speech at Michigan Law (short version)

TEDxMIA - Brad Meltzer - How To Write Your Own Obituary

TEDxMIA - Brad Meltzer - How To Write Your Own Obituary

#1 New York Times bestselling political thriller novelist, TV show creator, and comic book author Brad Meltzer is a dynamic speaker with the powerful belief that ordinary people change the world.

Named to The Hollywood Reporter's "25 Most Powerful Authors," Meltzer is behind many bestselling books including, The Inner Circle, The Book of Fate, The Tenth Justice, The First Counsel, The Millionaires, and The President’s Shadow. His newest book is the non-fiction The Lincoln Conspiracy, about the first secret plot to kill Abraham Lincoln. He is also the author of books of advice, Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter; Children’s Books, I Am Amelia Earhart and I Am Abraham Lincoln; and even a comic book, Justice League of America, for which he won the prestigious Eisner Award.

Meltzer is the the host of Brad Meltzer’s Lost History on H2, in which he hunts down artifacts, and famously found the missing 9/11 flag the firefighters raised at Ground Zero. He's also the host of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on the History Channel, in which he searches for answers to some of history's most provocative, perplexing mysteries.

Beyond his work in media, Meltzer supports many worthy causes including putting mentors in underserved public schools with City Year, fighting breast cancer with Sharsheret, and serving on the Board of the National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation.

Sought-out to speak everywhere from TED to the Library of Congress, Meltzer provides bold inspiration for us all to dream big and work hard in order to leave our mark, shares lessons on heroism and leadership drawn from his work, and shares a fascinating look into some of the most perplexing and important moments in history. 

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.

 

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.

 

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.  Let Meltzer teach you how to find the real hero in your life.  And the power of never letting anyone tell you ‘No.’

 

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.

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