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Bestselling author known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is an award winning journalist twice named a Finalist for the National Magazine Awards in feature writing.


Washington D.C.

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On Desperate Ground: The Marines at The Reservoir, the Korean War's Greatest Battle(2018):

"Superb...A masterpiece of thorough research, deft pacing and arresting detail...This war story — the fight to break out of a frozen hell near the Chosin Reservoir — has been told many times before. But Sides tells it exceedingly well, with fresh research, gritty scenes and cinematic sweep."—Washington Post

Gripping...Master storyteller Hampton Sides, specializes in captivating readers with his trademark moment-by-moment accounts...Sides captures the big personalities who run things...[and] also immerses readers in vivid accounts of horrific battles and an infamous "attack in reverse." —Christian Science Monitor

Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission (2002):


“The greatest World War II story never told.” —Esquire

“Riveting and patriotically stirring without ever slipping into mawkishness or sentimentality.” —The New York Times

“[Sides] liberates his story from documentary and turns it into epic. . . . More than any monument, Ghost Soldiers is the memorial both prisoners and liberators deserve.” —The Seattle Times

Blood and Thunder (2007):


“Riveting . . . monumental . .. . Not only does Blood and Thunder capture a pivotal moment in U.S. history in marvelous detail, it is also authoritative and masterfully told.”
—The Washington Post Book World

“Stunning. . . Both haunting and lyrical, Blood and Thunder is truly a masterpiece.”
—Los Angeles Times

Hellhound On His Trail (2010):

One of the Best Books of the Year: O, The Oprah Magazine, Time, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Francisco Chronicle

"Viscerally dramatic … spellbinding … Both Dr. King and Ray come to life in these remarkable pages. " —The New York Times

"Gripping, exciting, and engrossing . . . hits us with the shuddering intensity of a high-speed collision." —The Times of London


In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette (2014): 

"Hampton Sides is a master storyteller, and here he has delivered a stunningly vivid account of perhaps the most dramatic polar mission you never heard of. Once you start, you won't stop.”
- Mark Bowden, New York Times Bestselling author of Black Hawk Down

“Read this book in two ways-- fast, for the hair-raising excitement of what happens to the brave men of the Jeannette, and then slowly, to take in the clarity of the writing and the unshowy elegance of the structure. The grand disaster that befell this expedition, and the heroic, truly Siberian sufferings of Captain De Long and his comrades, have found a brilliant chronicler in Hampton Sides.” -  Ian Frazier, National Bestselling author of Travels in Siberia and On the Rez


Americana: Dispatches from the New Frontier (2007):

“This may be the best road trip you’ll ever take—full of strange vision, hilarious detours, and sudden beauty in unlikely places.” –Burkhard Bilger, staff writer at The New Yorker






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