James Bradley, son of one of the six Marines raising the American flag in the iconic Iwo Jima picture, and author of the 2000 [b:Flags of Our Fathers|10058|Flags of Our Fathers|James Bradley|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1333578755s/10058.jpg|2618496] and 2009 [b:The Imperial Cruise|6452811|The Imperial Cruise A Secret History of Empire and War|James Bradley|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1344270592s/6452811.jpg|6643017] seems to be slow but measurable decline.
2000 - Flags of our Fathers - 17000 ratings
2003 - Flyboys - 6500 ratings
2009 - Imperial Cruise - 1400 ratings
An author slowly losing his readership, there's a change. Well, in any case, Flyboys is pretty good (4/5). Bradley's leftism (WW2 presented as a titantic clash between two bad entities rather than the more popular good vs. evil approach of historiaans) may be the cause of all this. Further, historians also generally feel IMPERIAL CRUISE falls prey to a known problem in amateur history writing, putting forth the thesis 'maybe there was a conspiracy'
Bradley lays on the "Spirit Boys" vs. the "Fly Boys" pretty thick--and he densely fills the book with accounts of atrocities and examples of prejudice, but other than that, he can craft an account; he can write. Further, one might argue "folk historians" are the future. By the time you get your history PhD at age 33, you've all the youth and enthusiasm squeezed out of you. more future books probably will be written by "average James's"