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SLCL Presents Bestselling Historian Hampton Sides

Press Release

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present critically-acclaimed historian Hampton Sides for a discussion of his latest book, “In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette” on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd. The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
The event is co-sponsored by Maryville University.  
New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides returns with a white-knuckle tale of polar exploration and survival in the Gilded Age.

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: the North Pole. National glory would fall to whoever could plant his flag upon its shores. James Gordon Bennett, the eccentric owner of The New York Herald, funded an official U.S. naval expedition to reach the Pole. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever."

Ill-fated from the beginning, the ship sailed into uncharted seas and soon was trapped in pack ice. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship and the men found themselves marooned a thousand miles north of Siberia—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.

With twists and turns worthy of a thriller, “In The Kingdom of Ice” is a spellbinding tale of heroism and determination in the most unforgiving territory on Earth.
HAMPTON SIDES is an award-winning editor of Outside magazine and the author of the bestselling histories “Hellhound on his Trail,” “Blood and Thunder” and “Ghost Soldiers.”
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit