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Milt Gross Book Review: "On the Road with Davy Crockett" by Bob Thompson
By Milt Gross
Feb 5, 2015 - 7:49:12 AM

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On the Road with Davy Crockett, about research into Davy Crockett's life, is very well written with a combination of the research itself and the writer's travels as he conducted it..
This is the only book I've ever read about Davy Crockett's life, and it was very interesting because of the writer's reporting on the research but taking the reader along with him as he does the research.

On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier, it's full title, published in 2012 by Crown Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc., New York, covers Crockett's life from youth in east Tennessee and first marriage through the South to his death in the Alamo at San Antonio. I'd forgotten that Crockett was a Congressman for three terms as well as being a pioneer and a very popular subject of a TV series. I remembered the pioneer part and the TV series, which I watched faithfully as a kiddo.

In addition to the tales of the author's travels, the author shares Crockett landscapes as they are today, the restaurants, hotels, parks, and other geographical features of today in the Crockett world.

Jim Donovan, another writer, penned on the book jacket "Bob Thompson can flat-out write, and he paints a vivid picture here of David Crockett, who was a far more complex and interesting man -- and myth -- than his coonskinned, bear-hunting, Alamo-defending iconic image....This is road-trip history at its best.

"The author was a long-time feature writer for the Washington Post and the editor of its Sunday magazine. During his years at the Post, he was known for his pieces on the intersection of American history and myth," also from the book jacket.

That bringing together his and myth, along with his own travels in pursuit of the Crockett story, is a great description of the book. I bought my copy online, but I don't have the price information. Amazon.com sells a paperback for $12.34 and Kindle Edition for $9.99.

Don't ask to borrow mine. I'm keeping it for as long as I can remember where I put it.


Milt Gross can be reached for corrections, harassment, or other purposes at lesstraveledway@roadrunner.com.

Milton M. Gross Copyright 2014


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