Thompson is the author of The Reservoir, America’s Historic Trails, and Wildlands
of the Upper South, as well as the coauthor of The Almanac of
American History. His articles have appeared in Smithsonian, Washington
Post, National Geographic Traveler, and other publications,
and his short stories have been published in Louisiana Literature, South
Dakota Review, and many other literary journals. He has lived in the South
all his life.