Extraordinary Heroism of Marines in Greatest Battle of the Korean War. Award-Winning Writer & Journalist Hampton Sides on It's A Question of Balance

What is worth committing people to die for? Does MacArthur have blood on his hands? Why is The Korean War sidelined in US history? Why tell the story of this epic battle now? Are there things we can learn as well as be inspired by? Ruth Copland discusses these questions and more with special guest Hampton Sides.

To listen to the interview click here Hampton Sides | It's A Question of Balance (broadcast 17 Oct).

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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’.

Hampton Sides' book ‘Ghost Soldiers’, is a World War II narrative about the rescue of Bataan Death March survivors, and has sold over a million copies worldwide, has been translated into a dozen foreign languages, and 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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