Ben Montgomery :: The Man Who Walked Backward

 

 

Ben Montgomery

Reading & Signing

THE MAN WHO WALKED BACKWARD

Tuesday, October 16th

7:00pm

 

 

 

 

From Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery, the story of a Texas man who, during the Great Depression, walked around the world -- backwards.

Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. When the bank foreclosed on his small restaurant in Abilene, he found himself suddenly penniless with nowhere left to turn. After months of struggling to feed his family on wages he earned digging ditches in the Texas sun, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary -- something to resurrect the spirit of adventure and optimism he felt he'd lost. He decided to walk around the world -- backwards.

In The Man Who Walked Backward, Pulitzer Prize finalist Ben Montgomery charts Plennie's backwards trek across the America that gave rise to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, and the New Deal. With the Dust Bowl and Great Depression as a backdrop, Montgomery follows Plennie across the Atlantic through Germany, Turkey, and beyond, and details the daring physical feats, grueling hardships, comical misadventures, and hostile foreign police he encountered along the way. A remarkable and quirky slice of Americana, The Man Who Walked Backward paints a rich and vibrant portrait of a jaw-dropping period of history.
 

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
220 N Higgins Ave.
Missoula, MT 59802-4435
The Man Who Walked Backward: An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316438063
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Spark - September 18th, 2018