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Hampton Sides (born 1962 in Memphis) is an American historian and journalist.He is the author of Hellhound on His Trail, Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, and other bestselling works of narrative history and literary non-fiction.

Sides is editor-at-large for Outside magazine and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire,Men's Journal, and The Washington Post. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies,has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.

Ghost Soldiers (Doubleday, 2001), a World War II narrative about the rescue of Bataan Death March survivors, has sold slightly over a million copies worldwideand has been translated into a dozen foreign languages. Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City, praised Ghost Soldiers as a "Great Escape for the Pacific Theater," and Esquire called it "the greatest World War II story never told." The book was the subject of documentaries on PBS and The History Channel,and was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. Ghost Soldiers won the 2002 PEN USA Award for non-fiction and theDiscover Award from Barnes & Noble. The book's success led Sides to create The Ghost Soldiers Endowment Fund, a non-profit foundation dedicated to preserving the memory of the sacrifices made by Bataan and Corregidor veterans by funding relevant archives, museums, and memorials.

Sides' Blood and Thunder (Doubleday, 2006) focuses on the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, and his role in the conquest of the American West. A critic for the Los Angeles Times described Blood and Thunder as "stunning, haunting, and lyrical," while the Washington Post called it "riveting, monumental...authoritative and masterfully told." Blood and Thunder was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time Magazine, and was selected as that year's best history title by both the History Book Club and the Western Writers of America. Blood and Thunder was the subject of a major documentary on the PBS program "American Experience" and is currently under development for the screen.

Hellhound on His Trail (Doubleday 2010) is about the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and the largest manhunt in American history to capture James Earl Ray, who pled guilty in 1969 and served the rest of his life in prison. Sides, who is a native of Memphis, is the first historian to make use of a new digital archive in Memphis, called the B. Venson Hughes Collection, which contains more than 20,000 documents and photos, many of them rare or never before published. Sides’ research forms much of the basis for PBS’s documentary "Roads to Memphis" which originally aired May 3, 2010, on the award-winning program, "American Experience."

Hellhound on His Trail reached #6 on The New York Times Best Seller List. Janet Maslin of the New York Times called the book "spellbinding...bold, dynamic, unusually vivid," while a reviewer in The New York Times Book Review suggested that Hellhound "may be the first book on King that owes less to Taylor Branch than Robert Ludlum." Time Magazine said Hellhound "unfolds like a read not for the ending but for all the missteps and near misses along the way." Critic Laura Miller, writing on, described Hellhound as a "meticulous yet driving account that is in essence a true-crime story and a splendid specimen of the genre." David Garrow, author of a Pulitzer-winning biography of King, wrote in the Washington Post that Hellhound was "a carefully constructed true-crime narrative" and "a memorable and persuasive portrait" that "makes a valuable contribution to the historical record."

Hellhound on His Trail has been optioned by Universal Studios and is now said to be under development, with a screenplay reportedly written by Black Hawk Down author Mark Bowden.

A native of Memphis with a BA in history from Yale, Sides lives in Santa Fe with his wife Anne Goodwin Sides, a journalist and former NPR editor, and their three boys, all soccer players. He is a past fellow of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Japan Society, and a Edwards Media Fellow at Stanford University. He is an advisory board member of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. Sides has guest-lectured at Columbia, Yale, Stanford,Colorado College, SMU, the Autry National Center of the American West, the American Embassy in Manila, and the National World War II Museum, among other venues and institutions. He has appeared as a guest on such national broadcasts as American Experience, the Today Show, Book TV, the History Channel, Fresh Air, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, The Colbert Report, Imus in the Morning, andNPR's "All Things Considered."

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Total Books: 45
The Wide Wide Sea Imperial Ambition First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook
On Desperate Ground The Marines at The Reservoir the Korean War's Greatest Battle
In the Kingdom of Ice
2017 - In the Kingdom of Ice [Chinese Edition] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9787520102155
ISBN-10: 7520102157

No Reino do Gelo
2016 - No Reino Do Gelo (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788580579550
ISBN-10: 8580579554

In the Kingdom of Ice The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Hellhound on His Trail The Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt In American History
2011 - Hellhound on His Trail the Electrifying Account of the Largest Manhunt in American History (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780307387431
ISBN-10: 0307387437
Genres: History, Law
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

Hellhound On His Trail The Stalking of Martin Luther King Jr and the International Hunt for His Assassin
Hellhound on His Trail
2010 - Hellhound on His Trail (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781846143649
ISBN-10: 1846143640
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Ghost Soldiers The Epic Account of World War Ii's Greatest Rescue Mission
2008 - Ghost Soldiers the Epic Account of World War II's Greatest Rescue Mission (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781439512630
ISBN-10: 1439512639

Blood and Thunder The Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West
2007 - Blood and Thunder the Epic Story of Kit Carson and the Conquest of the American West (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781400031108
ISBN-10: 1400031109
Genre: History
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

Blood and Thunder An Epic of the American West
2007 - Blood and Thunder an Epic of the American West (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316027458
ISBN-10: 0316027456

Ghost Soldiers The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
2006 - Ghost Soldiers the Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission (Audio CD)Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780739341766
ISBN-10: 0739341766
Genres: History, Nonfiction, History
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.

Blood and Thunder
2006 - Blood and Thunder (Paperback)Paperback, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780739482551
ISBN-10: 0739482556
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Ghost Soldiers
2005 - Ghost Soldiers (Paperback)Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780349117881
ISBN-10: 0349117888
Genre: History

Americana  Dispatches from the New Frontier
2004 - Americana Dispatches From the New Frontier (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781400033553
ISBN-10: 1400033551
Genre: Travel
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

Das Geisterkommando
2002 - Das Geisterkommando (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783442151899
ISBN-10: 3442151899

Ghost Soldiers  The Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission
2001 - Ghost Soldiers the Forgotten Epic Story of World War II's Most Dramatic Mission (Audio CD)Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780553714395
ISBN-10: 0553714392
Genres: History, Books on CD
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

Ghost Soldiers The Astonishing Story of One of Wartime's Greatest Escapes
2001 - Ghost Soldiers the Astonishing Story of One of Wartime's Greatest Escapes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780316858151
ISBN-10: 0316858153
Genre: History
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Stomping Grounds A Pilgrim's Progress Through Eight American Subcultures
1992 - Stomping Grounds a Pilgrim's Progress Through Eight American Subcultures (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780688090494
ISBN-10: 0688090494
Genre: Nonfiction
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.