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John Hall's first book of historical fiction tells his father's World War II story

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

Their destinies intertwined at the Battle of the Bulge. Relisten to a story of two men and the ethics of war.

John Hall is the author of the new book Rare Encounter. This is not only Hall's first book, but a work of historical fiction based on actual events. It revolves around the lives of two army captains and culminates at the ferocious Battle of the Bulge in the winter of 1944-1945. One of these men is Hall's father, John William Hall.

On this episode of River to River, listen back to host Ben Kieffer's conversation with Hall about his book and one of its central characters, John William Hall, the author's father.

This show was first produced on January 13, 2022.


  • John Kyle Hall, author, Rare Encounter
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River