Hampton Sides is author of the critically acclaimed "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the U.S.S. Jeannette," "Ghost Soldiers," "Blood and Thunder" and other bestselling works of narrative history. "Hellhound on His Trail" is about the murder of Martin Luther King Jr. and the international manhunt for assassin James Earl Ray. "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 Miramax film, "The Great Raid." Hampton’s "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.
Hampton is editor-at-large for Outside Magazine and has written for such periodicals as National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Preservation, and Men's Journal. His magazine work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing.
A native of Memphis with a BA in history from Yale, Hampton has guest lectured at Columbia, Stanford, SMU, Yale, and Colorado College, among other institutions. He lives in New Mexico with his wife Anne and their three boys.