Few figures of America's westward expansion loom larger than Davy Crockett. True, that's due in part to Disney's larger-than-life portrayal of the “King of the Wild Frontier,” but he was actually a legend in his own time, too. In a new book about Crockett, the writer Bob Thompson chronicles the frontier legend's life and legacy, from his humble beginnings in eastern Tennessee, to his days as a celebrity politician, and of course his heroic death at the Alamo. Thompson joins us on Monday recount both the reality and the myth of Crockett's life.
Bob Thompson was a longtime feature writer for the Washington Post and the editor of its Sunday Magazine. His first book is called Born On a Mountain Top: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier [Amazon|Indiebound].