That’s the recurring theme of author Hampton Sides’  internationally bestselling books, beginning with  Ghost Soldiers. Hampton will be here in Traverse City on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the City Opera House to talk about his latest book, In the Kingdom of Ice. Hampton describes in this Traverse Magazine interview how a person’s strength of character is revealed, not in the good times, but when they are facing down starvation or madness or freezing conditions. Give it a read and then come to the event. Call 231-941-8082 for tickets or go to and order online. Thank you!