Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

Jul 7, 2013

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.

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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].