Ben Montgomery is the author of the New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail. It won the 2014 National Outdoor Book Award for History/Biography. He also wrote The Leper Spy: The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II.
An award-winning staff writer at the Tampa Bay Times, Montgomery was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2010. He’s also founder of the popular narrative journalism site, gangrey.com, and co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a writers’ collective.
His stories have appeared in national magazines, such as PARADE and Seventeen Magazine, and he has contributed to NPR’s Radiolab. He also contributed to the 2008-09 edition of Best Newspaper Writing (CQ Press, 2008).
About The Man Who Walked Backward
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.