Hampton Sides is the author of In the Kingdom of Ice, Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, and other bestselling works of narrative history and literary non-fiction. He is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and is a regular contributor to National Geographic. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice named a Finalist for the National Magazine Awards in feature writing. He teaches literary journalism and narrative history at Colorado College. A native of Memphis with a BA in history from Yale, he lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne. He is the father of three boys. In 2015, he was a Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute.
Ghost Soldiers, a World War II narrative which has sold slightly over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the basis for the 2005 film, “The Great Raid.” Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA Award for non-fiction and the Discover Award from Barnes & Noble. Hampton’s Blood and Thunder (2006), a sweeping epic about the conquest of the American West and the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine. Hampton’s next national bestseller, Hellhound On His Trail (Doubleday, April 2010), concerns the murder of Martin Luther King Jr., and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray. The book was the subject of the recent PBS documentary “Roads to Memphis” and is currently under development for the screen. In the Kingdom of Ice tells the story of the grand and terrible polar voyage the USS Jeannette (1879-81), an American-led attempt on the North Pole through the Bering Strait that ended in Siberia. Reaching #3 on the New York Times bestseller’s list, In the Kingdom of Ice won wide praise among critics and has become an instant classic of Arctic survival literature.
Hampton’s new book, On Desperate Ground, tells the story of the heroic stand of the First Marine Division at the Chosin Reservoir, one of the greatest battles of the Korean War.
Learn more about Hampton by visiting his website: www.HamptonSides.com