Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier

Bob Thompson / Sep 21, 2019

Born on a Mountaintop On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier Pioneer Congressman Martyr of the Alamo King of the Wild Frontier As with all great legends Davy Crockett s has been retold many times Over the years he has been repeatedly reinvented by historians

  • Title: Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier
  • Author: Bob Thompson
  • ISBN: 9780307720917
  • Page: 223
  • Format: ebook
  • Pioneer Congressman Martyr of the Alamo King of the Wild Frontier As with all great legends, Davy Crockett s has been retold many times Over the years, he has been repeatedly reinvented by historians and popular storytellers In Born on a Mountaintop, Bob Thompson combines the stories of the real hero and his Disney enhanced afterlife as he delves deep into our lovePioneer Congressman Martyr of the Alamo King of the Wild Frontier As with all great legends, Davy Crockett s has been retold many times Over the years, he has been repeatedly reinvented by historians and popular storytellers In Born on a Mountaintop, Bob Thompson combines the stories of the real hero and his Disney enhanced afterlife as he delves deep into our love for an American icon In the road trip tradition of Sarah Vowell and Tony Horwitz, Thompson follows Crockett s footsteps from his birthplace in east Tennessee to Washington, where he served three terms in Congress, and on to Texas and the gates of the Alamo, seeking out those who know, love, and are still willing to fight over Davy s life and legacy Born on a Mountaintop is than just a bold new biography of one of the great American heroes Thompson s rich mix of scholarship, reportage, humor, and exploration of modern Crockett landscapes bring Davy Crockett s impact on the American imagination vividly to life.

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    1. I was in Barnes & Noble looking – and failing to find – an entirely different book when I came across Bob Thompson’s Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier. The curse I uttered was the curse of a man who knows he’s about to buy a book at full cover price. Thompson’s book is of a particular sub-genre that I cannot resist: the historical travelogue/memoir. The best examples of this brand include Sarah Vowell’s Assassination Vacatio [...]


    2. All over America there are old white guys like me who can still sing the theme song from the Davy Crockett TV shows. Yes, I had a coonskin cap and defended the Alamo in my front yard a thousand times – always dying a heroic death, but only after dispatching hundreds of Mexicans. Bob Thompson’s “Born on a Mountain Top: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier” was written for and about us. Thompson embarked on a year-long historical road trip to detach history fr [...]


    3. I won't blame Thompson for making an overt reference to Confederates in the Attic for his book, since it probably helped sell copies. However, there is a two way street and this book from the cover says it is in the tradition of Tony Horwitz and Sarah Vowell. Horwitz's modern classic looms large on this one.A travelogue is probably not a bad idea. As you may know, most of my reading in the past few years fall in that category. For me, Horwitz, Vowell, Bryson and Algeo to name a few. Thompson's t [...]


    4. I came to know and love Davy Crockett in about the same manner as everyone else my age, or even thirty years older than me. It was watching Fess Parker play Davy Crockett for Disney, that made me fall in love with the adventures he had, and the kind of man he was. Parker's Davy was daring, generous, fearless, and about every other positive adjective I can think of. I wanted to go on his adventures and grow into the man he was. He was almost godlike to me as a kid, and all I wanted was that damn [...]


    5. "Davy, Davy Crockett, Kind of the Wild Frontier!" Do the words to this song ring through your head with any mention of legendary woodsman? Did you see the 1950s Disney series or movies with Fess Parker and become enchanted with this frontier hero? Bob Thompson takes readers on a journey in "Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier" to discover the real David Crockett,historical figure, and compare him with the pop culture icon that's been hanging [...]


    6. I was definitely too young for Disney's Davy Crockett-Mania of the mid-1950s, however I do know the song through osmosis. For me, this was an informative read since I never really identified with Western or Frontier hero types. However, as of late I find the real stories to be compelling (not that anyone really knows anything but the bare bones of the real Crockett stories).The evolution of the mythical Davy Crockett is almost as interesting as the truth. It is clear that Crockett was already a [...]


    7. Hit the trail with Davy Crockett one more time. Don't try to tell me you didn't grow up wearing the coonskin cap while watching Davy's adventures on television. If you even read the first line of this review, I know you had to grow up around the legend of Davy Crockett. This book goes well beyond the legends, while still pausing to acknowledge them and appreciate their place in our lives. The author, Bob Thompson imparts to us both the facts and the fiction as he travels the country in pursuit o [...]


    8. Thompson roams around the country on the trail of Davy (who preferred to be called David) Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. It's fascinating because we know so little about Crockett except what Walt Disney taught us. The reality is both more interesting and less interesting. Thompson always manages to find THE person in each location who can tell him the history of Crockett in each place he goes. Crockett became famous just at the time America was moving to the "celebrity" culture we know so [...]


    9. I had the privilege to see an advanced copy of Bob Thompson's forthcoming book and can report that it's a lively and entertaining journey through the Southeast and Texas in search of Davy Crockett's life and legend. I worked with Bob at the Washington Post for many years and watched his skills as a researcher and myth-buster evolve over time. He was born to write this book and he's done a wonderful job.Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier


    10. I gave it up after 100 pages. I expected it to be a straightforward biography of Davey Crockett, but it was more of a "follow along with the author as he drives all over the South investigating and sifting the Crockett legends from the real truth, talking to local historians, and musing about Crockett's life." It was an obnoxious format--continually switching from biography in the 1800s to contemporary memoir.


    11. 3.5 StarsWhile I'm much too young to have been alive during the Davy Crockett craze of the 50's, a lot of my knowledge of him is from Fess Parker and the movies. Reading this book made me realize that the man and the myth are two separate entities. It was really interesting to read about the author's trips around the country to learn more about him. In real life we actually don't have a lot of facts. I might have given more stars but there are so many people that sometimes I didn't know if I was [...]


    12. Born on a mountain top in Tennessee,Greenest state in the land of the free.Raised in the woods so’s he knew every tree,Killed him a bear when he was only three. Davy, Davy Crockett King of the Wild Frontier.Just looking at the title of Bob Thompson’s new Davy Crockett book, Born on a Mountaintop, gets me humming this old Disney song from the fifties – even to the point that I have a hard time getting it back out of my head. Men (and probably more than a few women) of a certain age are like [...]



    13. Running across Bob Thompson’s 2012 book Born on a Mountaintop: On the Road with Davy Crockett and the Ghosts of the Wild Frontier in the public library last week was like running into an old friend that I hadn’t seen or heard from in over 25 years. Back in 1986, I was the coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Conservation during its bicentennial celebration of Crockett’s birth in the state of Tennessee. That time was great fun, and for a short while, I was considered an expert on the [...]


    14. Anyone who lives in Texas learns very quickly the story of Davy Crockett, hero of the Alamo, frontiersman, statesman and soldier. I’ve been to the Alamo many times, paused in reverence at the various Crockett displays, and always considered him to be a hero without really knowing much about him. After all, he died at the Alamo—what more did I need to know?In Born on a Mountaintop, Bob Thompson attempts to separate the myth from the man through visiting various locations mentioned in bios, my [...]


    15. Frontiersman, politician, and genuine American Icon, Davy Crockett was a legend in his own time. Although his time on Earth was relatively short, just forty-nine years, he achieved much before that fateful battle at the Alamo ended his celebrated life. His legendary status will live on forever, and it will never be equaled in its uniqueness. Author Bob Thompson offers a fascinating look into the blended facts and fallacies of Crockett's life in: "Born on a Mountaintop--On the Road with Davy Croc [...]


    16. Full disclaimer--I am old enough that I remember the Disney Crockett craze. I stood in line to shake Fess Parker's hand, my younger sister had a coonskin cap. I am the logical target audience for this book and I gobbled it up.The book is an interesting blend of biography, history, travelog and pop culture. Thompson does a deft job of balancing all those elements. He has a very engaging voice and the story flows easily.Several points struck me--As an amateur genealogist, I was already aware of th [...]


    17. Say "Born on a Mountaintop in Tennessee" to any American male over the age of 50 and you will get most of the song from the Disney show. This book is wonderful, as it is a slice of America that has spent the better part of the last 30 years disappearing. When I was a kid (even now) I was a sucker for historical markers, small town museums and local histories. More people should be.Thompson's writing is excellent, and he is almost affectionate in his descriptions of the many "Crockettologists" wi [...]


    18. This book tries to reconcile the real Davy Crockett with the mythical hero. The goal is not to shatter anyone's illusions about a larger-than-life historical figure but to look at the reality behind the legend. The author undertakes a road trip, following David from his birthplace in Tennessee to the Alamo, talking to fans and experts along the way. It is an eye-opening journey for an ordinary reader whose image of Crockett came courtesy of the Walt Disney/Fess Parker creation. There is plenty t [...]


    19. My mom was an infant when Disney reintroduced Davy Crockett. My Dad was barely old enough to watch, and loved it. It helped that he and Davy were both from East Tennessee-- he said it was the first time he'd ever seen someone from "home" portrayed on TV. So I come to my Crockett interest naturally. Thompson has done an excellent job with this history/travelogue style tour of Crockett's life. I like this style of writing--I love Sarah Vowell and Tony Horowitz. And I really enjoyed the way Thompso [...]


    20. There's a genre of books. Kind of a mix of history, travel, and humor. Sarah Vowell is the master of it. I have loved everything of hers I've ever read. (Assassination Vacation is a great one to start with if you want to try her out.) Tony Horwitz has also written in this area. His book Confederates in the Attic is just outstanding. This book is an example of that genre. The author looks at the life and legend of Davy Crockett. There's actual history here as the author travels to various places [...]


    21. This started out like it was going to be a rather lighthearted travelogue of Davy Crockett related sites. Then it seemed like Thompson really got into it and it started to morph into a traditional history. He then came to realize that it was important to separate Crockett the man from Crockett the myth. To his distinct credit, he came to realize that much of the time, this separation is impossible. Therein lies a valuable lesson for those of us who love to read history. Even the best writers beg [...]


    22. Thompson follows the ghost of Davy Crockett from Tennessee to Washington to Texas (and elsewhere), trying to sort the historical man from the myth that has accumulated over decades of dime novels, Disney specials, forged autobiographies, almanacs, stage shows, and coonskin merchandising. Thompson is a cheerful, capable reporter in his travels and conversations with historians, though I wish he would've taken a bigger whack at analyzing why American generations needed to mythologize this dirt-far [...]


    23. Part biography/history, part travel guide, part nostalgic trip down memory lane. Thompson seemlessly weaves his personal journey with those of others still smitten long after their coonskin-wearin', Crockett themesong-singin' days by ol' Davy's legend or, for decades, utilizing it to make a dollar in out of the way towns and big cities from New England to San Antonio. Familiar ground for Crockett aficionados, to be sure, but with large dollops of fresh information, like story behind the congress [...]


    24. I thought this book worked great as a story about the creation of myth in frontier America. I did not know very much about the historical Davy Crockett, so learning about his career in Congress was particularly neat. The writing was great too. I gave it three stars because I thought the second half of the book got bogged down in the minutia of theories about where Crockett died and the facts of the Alamo. Overall, a good introduction to Crockett history, and interesting read in regard to how a p [...]


    25. Confirms pretty much what I already knew about the man and the Alamo. It's hard not to like Crockett but it's hard to know the truth as he has been so mythologized. Thompson does a thorough job but at times the narrative dragged unlike Tony Horowitz to whom he has been compared. Very interesting reading once you get to the Alamo part with all the conflicting accounts of Crockett's death. Thompson covers all the different theories and their advocates in an even-handed manner. So this book is like [...]


    26. For those interested in American history, legends as they relate to reality, and Texas history, this book is for you. Thompson goes to all of the places that David Crockett was known to have lived in or visited, attempting to find the truth about the great man's life. He starts with the primary reason that anyone who is not a Texan still remembers Crockett--the Disney series from the 1950's. It's a well-written, entertaining look at American mythology. Thompson's blog on his website contains pho [...]


    27. This is an excellent book combining solid historical scholarship and an enjoyable search through today to separate fact from myth. Enjoyed reading it a lot. I've posted my review on my blog at tedlehmann/2013/0. My friend Sam Sattler, who blogs at Book Chase (bookchase/) and I have posted our reviews simultaneously and cross posted them. It's an interesting exercise, especially considering differences considerable differences in our mututal passions.


    28. This was not the book that I thought it was going to be. I thought that it was going to be a straight forward biography of Crockett. Instead it was an autobiography interspersed with the story of the author following the path that Crockett took. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author's travels were interesting and the people he discussed all had a lot to add to the story. His reflections were incisive without overwhelming the narrative. Very enjoyable.


    29. A good "road-trip" history that leaves you asking where does the fiction end and the fact begin on so many points? How did he die? Did he really wear a coon-skin cap? Was he really a supporter of Native American rights despite his reputation as an "Indian fighter." And on it goes. As I grew up watching the re-runs on the Wonderful World of Disney it brought back a lot of memories. if you are wondering, yes, I had a coon-skin cap. Courtesy of my Grandmother.


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