The Man Who Moved a Mountain

The Man Who Moved a Mountain

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This is the definitive biography of Reverend Bob Childress of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Often compared to Mark Twain's tales of the Mississippi, the style and the text show, with stark clarity, the transforming effects Childress and his ministry had on the rough and wild mountain communities of this section of Virginia.


"A classic: The Man Who Moved a Mountain does for the Blue Ridge what Mark Twain's tales did for the Mississippi. But much more than that, it offers Americans an authentic hero with a Daniel Boone brand of courage and an Abe Lincoln brand of humor. I defy anyone who starts reading it to put down this salty, swift-moving biography of an unknown giant who was born and lived among whiskey-stilling, trigger-happy mountaineers. It's a funny book, a moving book, and altogether true. It belongs in every home in America."
— Walter F. Mondale
former U.S. Vice-President and U.S. Senator
"This is a fascinating biography, a moving portrait of a life that transformed a wild and rough mountain folk. Here truth is verily stranger than fiction, exciting, surprising, and utterly true....Mr. Davids has written a superbly vivid and gripping story."
— Presbyterian Outlook

Table of Contents

    Those Who Helped

  1. Dark Shadows of the Blue Ridge
  2. The Heller of the Hollow
  3. Blacksmith Lawman
  4. Free Lance in the Brush Arbors
  5. To Beat the Devil
  6. The Heritage of the Buffalo
  7. The Fear and the Fearless
  8. Softening the Hardshells
  9. Brewing and Bridges
  10. The Year the Chestnuts Died
  11. Madness of a Mountain
  12. Salvation by Laughter
  13. Goats, Sawmills, and Roads
  14. The King of Slate Mountain
  15. Signs of New Life
  16. Out from the Buffalo
  17. All the Upright We Ever Had


Product Info

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800612375
  • eBook ISBN 9781451416763
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 272
  • Publication Date January 1, 1972