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Arts Interview: Writer, Historian and Journalist Hampton Sides
Hampton Dides, On Desperate Ground

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Hampton Sides is appearing in person in Santa Cruz, California, at Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday November 26th at 7PM, to discuss and sign ‘On Desperate Ground’. This is a free event. More info at

Hampton Sides is widely regarded as one of the best non-fiction writers of his generation as well as being an award-winning journalist and historian. He is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of literary non-fiction and is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories. His latest book is ‘On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War’s Greatest Battle’.
Ruth Copland talks to special guest Hampton Sides about how and why he writes narrative non-fiction, how he chooses which historical events to feature in his books, what he thinks of ‘fake news’, and more. They also focus on Hampton Sides’ latest book ‘On Desperate Ground’ and discuss: What is worth committing people to die for? Does General MacArthur have blood on his hands? Why is The Korean War sidelined in US history? Why tell the story of the Chosin Reservoir epic battle now? Are there mistakes we can learn from as well as be inspired by?

Hampton Sides book ‘Ghost Soldiers’, is a World War II narrative about the rescue of Bataan Death March survivors, which has sold over a million copies worldwide, has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, was the subject of documentaries on PBS and The History Channel, and was the basis for the 2005 Miramax film, The Great Raid. His book ‘Hellhound On His Trail’, about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray, was the basis for the acclaimed documentary ‘Roads to Memphis’ for which Hampton served as historical consultant. Hampton’s book ‘Blood and Thunder’, about the life and times of controversial frontiersman Kit Carson, was named one of the 10 Best Books of 2006 by Time magazine and is currently under development for the screen.

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Hampton Sides – Internationally bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and historian

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