Hampton Sides

1 In the Kingdom of Ice

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  History  Books  United States 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2014-08-05
Description :  <b><i>New York Times</i></b>&#xa0;<b>bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age<br /></b><br />In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans, although theories abounded. The foremost cartographer in the world, a German named August Petermann, believed that warm currents sustained a verdant island at the top of the world. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. <br /><br />James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric and stupendously wealthy owner of&#xa0;<i>The New York Herald</i>, had recently captured the world's attention by dispatching Stanley to Africa to find Dr. Livingstone. Now he was keen to re-create that sensation on an even more epic scale. So he funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole, choosing as its captain a young officer named George Washington De Long, who had gained fame for a rescue operation off the coast of Greenland. De Long led a team of 32 men deep into uncharted Arctic waters, carrying the aspirations of a young country burning to become a world power. On July 8, 1879, the USS&#xa0;<i>Jeannette</i>&#xa0;set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." <br /><br />The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship. Less than an hour later, the&#xa0;<i>Jeannette&#xa0;</i>sank to the bottom,and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia with only the barest supplies. Thus began their long march across the endless ice—a frozen hell in the most lonesome corner of the world. Facing everything from snow blindness and polar bears to ferocious storms and frosty labyrinths, the expedition battled madness and starvation as they desperately strove for survival. <br /><br />With twists and turns worthy of a thriller,&#xa0;<i>In The Kingdom of Ice</i>&#xa0;is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.<br /><br /><b>Ebook edition includes over a dozen extra images<br /></b>

2 Ghost Soldiers

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs  United States 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2001-05-15
Description :  <b>The perfect Father's Day gift for history buffs.<br /><br />“The greatest World War II story never told” (<i>Esquire</i>)—an enthralling account of the heroic mission to rescue the last survivors of the Bataan Death March.&#xa0;</b><br /><br />On January 28, 1945, 121 hand-selected U.S. troops slipped behind enemy lines in the Philippines. Their mission: March thirty rugged miles to rescue 513 POWs languishing in a hellish camp, among them the last survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March. A recent prison massacre by Japanese soldiers elsewhere in the Philippines made the stakes impossibly high and left little time to plan the complex operation.<br /><br /> In <b>Ghost Soldiers</b> Hampton Sides vividly re-creates this daring raid, offering a minute-by-minute narration that unfolds alongside intimate portraits of the prisoners and their lives in the camp. Sides shows how the POWs banded together to survive, defying the Japanese authorities even as they endured starvation, tropical diseases, and torture. Harrowing, poignant, and inspiring, <b>Ghost Soldiers</b> is the mesmerizing story of a remarkable mission. It is also a testament to the human spirit, an account of enormous bravery and self-sacrifice amid the most trying conditions.

3 Blood and Thunder

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  United States  Books  History  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2006-10-03
Description :  <b>A magnificent history of the American conquest of the West; "a story full of authority and color, truth and prophecy" (<i>The New York Times Book Review</i>)<i>.</i></b><br /><br />In the summer of 1846, the Army of the West marched through Santa Fe, en route to invade and occupy the Western territories claimed by Mexico. Fueled by the new ideology of “Manifest Destiny,” this land grab would lead to a decades-long battle between the United States and the Navajos, the fiercely resistant rulers of a huge swath of mountainous desert wilderness.<br /><br />At the center of this sweeping tale is Kit Carson, the trapper, scout, and soldier whose adventures made him a legend. Sides shows us how this illiterate mountain man understood and respected the Western tribes better than any other American, yet willingly followed orders that would ultimately devastate the Navajo nation. Rich in detail and spanning more than three decades, this is an essential addition to our understanding of how the West was really won.

4 Hellhound on His Trail

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2010-04-27
Description :  <b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER<br />Edgar Award Nominee<br />One of the Best Books of the Year: <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>The Washington Post</i>, <i>The Christian Science Monitor</i>,<i> St. Louis Post-Dispatch</i>, <i>San Francisco Chronicle<br /></i></b><br /><br /><b>With a New Afterword</b><br /><br />On April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel. The nation was shocked, enraged, and saddened. As chaos erupted across the country and mourners gathered at King's funeral, investigators launched a sixty-five day search for King’s assassin that would lead them across two continents. With a blistering, cross-cutting narrative that draws on a wealth of dramatic unpublished documents, Hampton Sides, bestselling author of <i>Ghost Soldiers,</i>&#xa0;delivers a non-fiction thriller in the tradition of William Manchester's <i>The Death of a President</i> and Truman Capote's <i>In Cold Blood. </i>With <i>Hellhound On His Trail,&#xa0;</i>Sides&#xa0;shines a light on the largest manhunt in American history and brings it to life for all to see.

5 Americana

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  Essays & Memoirs  Books  Travel & Adventure  Nonfiction  Social Science  United States 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2004-04-13
Description :  Harley-Davidson bikers . . . Grand Canyon river rats. . . Mormon archaeologists . . . Spelling bee prodigies . . .<br /><br /> For more than fifteen years, best-selling author and historian Hampton Sides has traveled widely across the continent exploring the America that lurks just behind the scrim of our mainstream culture. Reporting for <i>Outside</i>, <i>The New Yorker</i>, and NPR, among other national media, the award-winning journalist has established a reputation not only as a wry observer of the contemporary American scene but also as one of our more inventive and versatile practitioners of narrative non-fiction.<br /><br /> In these two dozen pieces, collected here for the first time, Sides gives us a fresh, alluring, and at times startling America brimming with fascinating subcultures and bizarre characters who could live nowhere else. Following Sides, we crash the redwood retreat of an apparent cabal of fabulously powerful military-industrialists, drop in on the Indy 500 of bass fishing, and join a giant techno-rave at the lip of the Grand Canyon. We meet a diverse gallery of American visionaries— from the impossibly perky founder of Tupperware to Indian radical Russell Means to skateboarding legend Tony Hawk. We retrace the route of the historic Bataan Death March with veterans from Sides’ acclaimed WWII epic, <b>Ghost Soldiers</b>. Sides also examines the nation that has emerged from the ashes of September 11, recounting the harrowing journeys of three World Trade Center survivors and deciding at the last possible minute not to "embed" on the Iraqi front-lines with the U.S. Marines. <b>Americana</b> gives us a sparkling mosaic of our country, in all its wild and poignant charm.

6 Going Free

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Politics & Current Events 
Price :  $0.99
Release Date :  2015-01-20
Description :  From Hampton Sides’s <i>Ghost Soldiers, </i>a gripping narrative of World War II POWs on the brink of freedom. <br />&#xa0;<br />The men of Cabanatuan had been held by the Japanese since the Bataan Death March, in increasingly dire circumstances. With the war turning in the Americans’ favor, the POWs worried that their captors would murder them all in the frenzy of an all-out withdrawal.&#xa0; Then one day in early January, 1945, the prison guards simply left. <br />&#xa0;<br />For a brief moment the haggard survivors of Cabanatuan were given the keys to their prison, though swift death was promised to anyone who dared leave. The prisoners waited nervously, all while (unbeknownst to them) a daring raid was being planned which would result in their rescue or their end. This is Hampton Sides at his most riveting, a fitting tribute to these soldiers who would be prisoners no more.&#xa0;<br />&#xa0;<br />An eBook short.

7 On Desperate Ground

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  Military  Books  History  Professional & Technical  Engineering 
Release Date :  2018-10-02
Description :  <b><b>From the </b><b><i>New York Times</i></b><b> bestselling author of Ghost Soldiers and In the Kingdom of Ice, a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War</b></b><br /><br />On October 15, 1950, General Douglas MacArthur, Supreme Commander of UN troops in Korea, convinced President Harry Truman that the Communist forces of Kim Il-sung would be utterly defeated by Thanksgiving. The Chinese, he said with near certainty, would not intervene in the war.<br />As he was speaking, 300,000 Red Chinese soldiers began secretly crossing the Manchurian border. Led by some 20,000 men of the First Marine Division, the Americans moved deep into the snowy mountains of North Korea, toward the trap Mao had set for the vainglorious MacArthur along the frozen shores of the Chosin Reservoir. What followed was one of the most heroic--and harrowing--operations in American military history, and one of the classic battles of all time. Faced with probable annihilation, and temperatures plunging to 20 degrees below zero, the surrounded, and hugely outnumbered, Marines fought through the enemy forces with ferocity, ingenuity, and nearly unimaginable courage as they marched their way to the sea.<br />Hampton Sides' superb account of this epic clash relies on years of archival research, unpublished letters, declassified documents, and interviews with scores of Marines and Koreans who survived the siege. While expertly detailing the follies of the American leaders, <i>On Desperate Ground</i> is an immediate, grunt's-eye view of history, enthralling in its narrative pace and powerful in its portrayal of what ordinary men are capable of in the most extreme circumstances.<br />Hampton Sides has been hailed by critics as one of the best nonfiction writers of his generation. As the <i>Miami Herald </i>wrote, "Sides has a novelist's eye for the propulsive elements that lend momentum and dramatic pace to the best nonfiction narratives."

8 Nel regno dei ghiacci

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  Specialty Travel  Books  Travel & Adventure 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2015-10-22
Description :  ESPLORAZIONE POLARE E AVVENTURA: UNA STORIA EPICA CHE SI LEGGE COME UN THRILLER. Gli ultimi decenni del Diciannovesimo secolo sono stati il periodo d’oro delle esplorazioni polari e del Polo Nord in particolare. Nessuno sapeva cosa ci fosse all’interno della fortezza di ghiaccio lambita dai mari del Nord, anche le leggende si sprecavano. Chiunque avesse piantato per primo la bandiera della propria nazione sul punto più settentrionale della Terra, avrebbe sicuramente ricevuto gloria e onori imperituri. James Gordon Bennett, l’eccentrico e ricchissimo proprietario del «New York Herald», aveva appena inviato Stanley in Africa per ritrovare il dottor Livingstone, ed era ansioso di bissare il successo ottenuto: così finanziò una spedizione alla volta del Polo Nord capitanata dal giovane ufficiale George Washington De Long, che aveva ottenuto una certa notorietà per un’operazione di soccorso lungo le coste della Groenlandia. De Long avrebbe dovuto condurre un equipaggio di trentadue uomini nelle acque artiche ancora inesplorate. L’8 luglio 1879 la «Jeannette» salpò da San Francisco in mezzo alla folla osannante. La nave effettivamente navigò in mari ignoti, ma ben presto si trovò intrappolata nel pack. Lo scafo venne seriamente danneggiato e l’equipaggio fu costretto ad abbandonare la nave che, nel giro di un’ora da quando l’ultimo marinaio era sceso, affondò nelle profondità dell’oceano. Gli uomini a questo punto si trovavano mille miglia a nord della Siberia con approvvigionamenti solo per pochi giorni. E così incominciò la loro lunga marcia sui ghiacci senza fine. Un gelido inferno nell’angolo più sperduto del pianeta. Affrontarono tempeste di neve, orsi polari, labirinti di iceberg, così come la fame e il rischio di impazzire, persi com’erano nel whiteout, senza collegamenti, senza mappe, dotati solo della loro tenacia e del loro coraggio. Attraverso una scrittura avvincente e colpi di scena degni di un thriller, Nel regno dei ghiacci ci conduce nel cuore di un’avventura eroica e incredibile nei luoghi più dimenticati della Terra.

9 No reino do gelo

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2016-06-22
Description :  No final do século XIX, o mundo era bem diferente de como o conhecemos hoje. Os Estados Unidos eram um jovem país em acelerado crescimento após a Guerra Civil, invenções tecnológicas apareciam a todo momento e muitas partes do globo ainda continuavam completamente inexploradas. Entre elas estava o Polo Norte.<br /> George Washington De Long, jovem tenente da Marinha americana, ficou obcecado pelo Ártico após retornar de uma viagem de resgate na costa da Groenlândia. Inspirado pela teoria amplamente difundida (embora pouco fundamentada) de que haveria águas quentes e navegáveis no topo do planeta, permitindo talvez a existência de terras e até mesmo civilizações perdidas, De Long traça um plano minucioso para alcançar esse local desconhecido. No mesmo período, James Gordon Bennett Jr., o rico e excêntrico proprietário do New York Herald, em busca de uma história que gere comoção nos leitores, decide patrocinar a expedição de De Long. Com a ajuda financeira do magnata, o navegador encontra e reforma o navio perfeito para a aventura e tem acesso aos mais variados equipamentos, a cartas de navegação e a círculos políticos, conseguindo todo o apoio necessário para a jornada.<br /> Em 8 de julho de 1879, De Long e uma tripulação de 32 homens zarpam de São Francisco no USS Jeannette com o ambicioso objetivo de alcançar o Ártico pelo estreito de Bering, em vez da até então conhecida rota ao longo da costa da Groenlândia. No entanto, apenas dois meses após a partida o Jeannette fica totalmente preso a uma enorme banquisa, e assim permanece por quase dois anos, flutuando ao sabor da maré em meio ao oceano congelado. Quando, na primavera de 1881, parece que o navio finalmente se libertará de sua prisão, um violento choque com um bloco de gelo força os homens a abandonarem a embarcação. Horas mais tarde, o Jeannette afunda, e sua tripulação se vê obrigada a vencer a pé e em pequenos botes os mil quilômetros de oceano congelado que a separam do norte da Sibéria e da frágil tentativa de sobrevivência.<br /> Enfrentando os terríveis efeitos do frio e da neve, a fome, ferozes ursos polares e labirintos de gelo, a tripulação segue rumo a um destino incerto. Com reviravoltas impressionantes, No reino do gelo é uma fascinante história de heroísmo e determinação num dos locais mais implacáveis do planeta.

10 Krew i burza

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  United States  Books  History 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2016-10-12
Description :  W 1846 roku Stany Zjednoczone, wiedzione ideą terytorialnego ekspansjonizmu, zwanego Boskim Przeznaczeniem, zaatakowały Meksyk, żeby zająć jego zachodnie terytoria; w konsekwencji rozpoczęły trwającą kilkadziesiąt lat walkę z plemieniem Nawahów, nieustraszonych władców rozległych górzystych pustkowi.<br /><br /> Hampton Sides z rozmachem i swadą opowiada imponującą historię podboju Dzikiego Zachodu. W centrum opowieści znajduje się Kit Carson, niepiśmienny człowiek gór, traper i żołnierz, który dzięki swoim niezwykłym przygodom i brawurowym dokonaniom jeszcze za życia stał się legendą. Carson szanował zachodnie plemiona i zapewne rozumiał je lepiej niż jakikolwiek inny Amerykanin, a jednak zgodził się wykonywać rozkazy, które doprowadziły do upadku dzielnych Nawahów.<br /><br /> "Pierwsza imperialna wojna Stanów Zjednoczonych toczona poza ich terytorium. Podbój Nowego Meksyku i Kalifornii, eksterminacja kultury Nawaho. Wszystkie te wątki łączy postać Kita Carsona. Był pierwszym człowiekiem Dzikiego Zachodu, który stał się bohaterem popkultury, a równocześnie przyczynił się do końca swego świata. Cała ta historia jest niczym przetransponowana na literaturę faktu powieść Cormaca McCarthy’ego." Rafał Księżyk „Playboy”<br /><br /> "Dziki Zachód Sidesa to nie mityczna kraina z filmów z Johnem Wayne’em czy Clintem Eastwoodem, nie przypomina Bonanzy, nie jest pełen saloonów, kowbojów i rewolwerowych pojedynków w samo południe […]. Krew i burza jest po prostu jeszcze bardziej ekscytująca." James L. Swanson, „USA Today”<br /><br /> "Sides wziął na warsztat długi okres burzliwej historii amerykańskiego Zachodu i w perfekcyjny sposób stworzył portret najciekawszych wydarzeń w dziejach Stanów Zjednoczonych." Jeffrey Lent, “The Washington Post”<br /><br /> "„Krew i burza” to niezwykła opowieść o jednym z najważniejszych momentów w amerykańskiej historii. Wciągająca, monumentalna i po mistrzowsku napisana książka." „The Washington Post Book World”<br /><br /> "Autor pieczołowicie odtwarza dźwięki, zapachy i obrazy z amerykańskich szlaków, wplatając w historię portrety najważniejszych bohaterów tego czasu." „San Antonio Express News”<br /><br /> "„Krew i burza” to niesamowita opowieść o podboju amerykańskiego Zachodu. Historia opisana przez Sidesa to jeden z najbardziej romantycznych i cenionych amerykańskich mitów o Dzikim Zachodzie." N. Scott Momaday „The New York Times”

11 Ogar piekielny ściga mnie

Author : Hampton Sides
Genre :  History  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-09-06
Description :  W kwietniu 1968 roku James Earl Ray przyjechał do Memphis. Wynajął obskurny pokój ze świetnym widokiem na motel Lorraine, kupił karabin snajperski i wziął na cel historię. Po oddaniu śmiertelnego strzału do Martina Luthera Kinga porzucił broń, wsiadł do białego mustanga i spokojnie odjechał. Policja, która już parę minut po zabójstwie pojawiła się na miejscu zdarzenia, minęła się z nim o kilka chwil. Śledztwo wkrótce przejęło FBI, rozpoczynając największy pościg w historii Ameryki, w którym udział wzięło ponad trzy i pół tysiąca agentów, który kosztował prawie dwa miliony dolarów i który zakończył się daleko poza granicami USA.<br /><br /> Sides stworzył pasjonujący thriller non-fiction, konstruując równoległe portrety dwóch bardzo różnych mężczyzn, ofiary i zabójcy: charyzmatycznego lidera ruchu na rzecz walki z dyskryminacją rasową i zaburzonego samotnika z zagmatwaną i brutalną przeszłością, którego motywy były równie mętne jak jego tożsamość.<br /><br /> Książka nominowana do Nagrody Edgara, dorocznej nagrody wręczanej przez Mystery Writers of America.<br /><br /> Jedna z najlepszych książek roku według „Time”, „The Washington Post”, „The Christian Science Monitor”,&#xa0;„The Oprah Magazine”, „St. Louis Post-Dispatch” i „San Francisco Chronicle”.<br /><br /> „Sides przedstawia fascynującą historię ostatnich dni Martina Luthera Kinga i późniejszych poszukiwań jego zabójcy Jamesa Earla Raya. To nie tylko kronika tamtych wydarzeń, ale również trzymająca w napięciu sensacyjna historia.” „Publishers Weekly”<br /><br /> „Sides fenomenalnie wprowadza czytelnika w świat dwóch przeciwstawnych bohaterów – ofiary i oprawcy, a także doskonale nakreśla tło burzliwej końcówki lat 60. Tej książki, znakomicie udokumentowanej i wciągającej niczym powieść, pozazdrościłby Sidesowi niejeden autor kryminałów. Sides nie stara się tłumaczyć motywów zbrodni, obala jedynie teorie spiskowe, które przez lata narosły wokół zabójstwa Martina Luthera Kinga.” „Bookmarks Magazine”<br /><br /> „Na kartach tej książki powracają do życia i ofiara, i morderca. Opowieść Sidesa zapiera dech w piersiach.” „The New York Times”<br /><br /> „Tylko spod pióra Sidesa mógł wyjść tak mistrzowski reportaż. Od tej książki nie można się oderwać.” „Associated Press”

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