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Ben Montgomery

Ben Montgomery is author of the New York Times-bestselling 'Grandma Gatewood's Walk,' winner of a 2014 Outdoor Book Award, 'The Leper Spy,' and 'The Man Who Walked Backward,' coming fall 2018. He spent most of his 20 year newspaper career as an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. He founded the narrative journalism website Gangrey.com and helped launch the Auburn Chautauqua, a Southern writers collective.

In 2010, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting and won the Dart Award and Casey Medal for a series called "For Their Own Good," about abuse at Florida's oldest reform school.

Montgomery grew up in Oklahoma and studied journalism at Arkansas Tech University, where he played defensive back for the football team, the Wonder Boys. He worked for the Courier in Russellville, Ark., the Standard-Times in San Angelo, Texas, the Times Herald-Record in New York's Hudson River Valley and the Tampa Tribune before joining the Times in 2006. He lives in Tampa.

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Best Sellers

    • Grandma Gatewood's Walk

    • The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail
    • By: Ben Montgomery
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 917
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 807
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 813

    Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than $200....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I'd like to walk with her...

    • By Jan on 01-09-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Leper Spy

    • The Story of an Unlikely Hero of World War II
    • By: Ben Montgomery
    • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    The GIs called her Joey. Hundreds owed their lives to the tiny Filipina who stashed explosives in spare tires, tracked Japanese troop movements, and smuggled maps of fortifications....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Remarkable

    • By B. Lowe on 08-07-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Man Who Walked Backward

    • An American Dreamer's Search for Meaning in the Great Depression
    • By: Ben Montgomery
    • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
    • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Like most Americans at the time, Plennie Wingo was hit hard by the effects of the Great Depression. After months of struggling, Plennie decided it was time to do something extraordinary. He decided to walk around the world - backward.  

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another unusual character

    • By Mary Jane on 11-19-18

    Regular price: $24.95

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