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Hampton Sides, contributing editor of "Outside" & editor of "The Wild File," is also the author of "Ghost Soldiers". He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Publisher Provided) Hampton Sides received a BA in history from Yale University. He is editor-at-large for Outside Magazine and has also written mostra'n més for National Geographic, The New Yorker, Esquire, Preservation, and Men's Journal. His magazine work has been nominated twice for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. He is the author of several books including Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and In the Kingdom of Ice. (Bowker Author Biography) mostra'n menys
Crèdit de la imatge: Author Hampton Sides at the 2018 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0,

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Nom normalitzat
Sides, Hampton
Nom oficial
Sides, W. Hampton
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Llocs de residència
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
Yale University
Premis i honors
2002 PEN USA Award for nonfiction
2002 Discover Award from Barnes & Noble
Biografia breu
Hampton Sides (born 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee) 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.



In Ghost Soldiers, author Hampton Sides tells not only the story of the rescue of the last prisoners of the Bataan Death March, but of the men involved- the battle for Bataan that was lost by the American's, the surrender, the march itself, and the imprisonment. Sides weaves the story of this epic rescue with an engrossing narrative of how it all came to be. He uses personal accounts as spoken/written by the actual participants to paint a vivid story of three years of hell in this Japanese POW camp. He pulls no punches when it comes to discussing/describing the life of these men.
As you read, you become acquainted with many of the individuals whose lives were irrevocably changed during this time.

Sides tells what is known not only of the POW's, Rangers, and Philippine scouts, but also of some of the Japanese involved, and (for me) he tells the story of a woman I had never heard of- a woman who had the. code name of Side Pockets. Claire Fisher was an American living in Manilla when the Japanese took over. Through a series of events described in the book she became a life saving espionage agent who not only passed information she got from the Japanese to the Americans, but also was able to secret lifesaving food and drugs to the camp for the benefit of the POW's.

This book is a must read for anyone with any interest at all in the Pacific Theater WWII experience. I don't see it as just a story of this one episode but as an overview of what the fighters in the Pacific Theater were against.
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PallanDavid | Hi ha 54 ressenyes més | Apr 11, 2024 |
This fascinating and engaging history of James Cook’s last voyage presents a complicated man. He had extraordinary skills and abilities that had brought great fame and success, and yet fatal errors in judgement toppled the great man to his death.

After two voyages into uncharted waters, surveying and mapping unknown lands and making first contact with human societies across the Pacific, Cook was preparing for a comfortable retirement. But his king had another task for him: a third voyage with the mission of seeking a Northwest Passage. First, he was to return a man to his native homeland in the South Seas. In England, Mai became a celebrity and a dandy, and Cook resettled him with his numerous gifts, including livestock and plants from the king who wanted to display British civilization and superiority.

The voyage was filled with challenges. The Resolution’s subpar repairs resulted in leaks. There was the vagaries of the sea and weather to contend with. They met unfamiliar human societies both friendly and hostile. Life was complicated by Cook’s sometimes aberrant behavior and bad judgement.

Making first contact with Hawaii altered Cook’s luck. He arrived as the islanders were celebrating the god Lono, perfectly timed to for Cook to be considered the return of the god, and he was worshipped as Lono. The Resolution required extensive repairs resulting in the men overstayed their welcome, draining the island paradise’s resources. Meantime, the islanders were mad for anything made of iron, resorting to stealing it in their greed.

Cook sailed further than any man before, rounding the coast of Alaska and crossing the Arctic Circle. But he encountered ice instead of a northern shortcut and quickly turned back before the ships became encased in the ice. He returned to Hawaii for repairs and provisioning, but became embroiled in the conflict that ended his life. This visit, the islanders discovered that Cook was no god.

The book presents Cook, the good and the bad, and his legacy, the good and the bad. Cook had a scientific attitude, observing and recording the cultures and people he encountered without judgement. He was careful to protect the islanders from sexual disease, but he also left a ship load of rats behind. Cook’s emphasis on fresh foods resulted in no losses of crew to scurvy, while he was more diligent and brutal in his punishments. His discoveries of new lands gave his country impetitus for colonization to claim the natural resources, while missionaries arrived to enforce Christian beliefs and morality.

It was so interesting to learn about the many cultures Cook encountered, from New Zealand to the Inuit of Alaska.

Thanks to the publisher for a free book.
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nancyadair | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Mar 17, 2024 |
Excellent. With a story like this, how you organize and. Present the facts is everything. Sides slowly builds interest, developing the chars ters, making you care about what happens to them, and then taking you along for the trip
cspiwak | Hi ha 56 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |
A really interesting , if more than a little, disturbing account. War tends to bring out the extremes people are capable of, bith good and bad, and this book illustartes that very clearly
cspiwak | Hi ha 54 ressenyes més | Mar 6, 2024 |



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