Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson?s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City--a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny. Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous "Land Run" in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stak Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson?s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma Ci...

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Title:Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis
Author:Sam Anderson
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis Reviews

  • Mary
    Sep 05, 2018
    And you ask me why Oklahoma City is the way it is. Really well researched and written, including thanks to Harper Langston whom everyone knows is a pundit! ...
  • Laurie
    Sep 18, 2018
    Guys, this books is sooooo good. It is rare that I find nonfiction to be a page-turner, especially nonfiction about the city I live in, that is basically telling me things I already know. But this book is so engagingly written, and presents the history and present of OKC in such a pers...
  • sarah  morgan
    Aug 21, 2018
    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...
  • Pete
    Sep 05, 2018
    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...
  • Phil Overeem
    Sep 06, 2018
    Endlessly fascinating, funny, sad, and familiar reportage about a very American (and very weird) city. Highly recommended especially to readers who'd appreciate the consistent presence of Russell Westbrook, Wayne Coyne, and Gary England in one book. And who don't know who Clara Luper i...
  • Clint Williams
    Nov 07, 2018
    I have lived in Oklahoma City for my entire life (40 years). Reading this book was just amazing. Sam brings such a fresh perspective to the life and history of Oklahoma. It's one thing to experience the immense change over the last 20 years firsthand, but it's entirely different to exp...
  • Schuyler Wallace
    Jul 13, 2018
    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...
  • Hank Stuever
    Nov 04, 2018
    It's a surreal experience to read the deepest dive any writer (and big-time publisher) will ever undertake about your hometown, which, as "Boom Town's" mostly East Coast reviewers have noted, is one of those places that almost nobody thinks about. I was born and raised in Oklahoma ...
  • Nicole
    Dec 03, 2018
    I never thought I'd be so engaged in Oklahoma City or basketball or urban infrastructure but this book is magnificent. ...
  • Stella
    Aug 28, 2018
    There a few versions of Oklahoma City. There's the "bombing" OKC. There's the "flyover state" OKC. Then there's the Thunder version. Sam Anderson has taken Oklahoma City, the OKC Thunder and, really, the state of Oklahoma and combined it into a fantastic story. Shooing back and for...
  • Trike
    Nov 20, 2018
    Oklahoma City has a crazy history. Crazier than most cities. From its birth during the Oklahoma Land Run through its lawless Wild West days continuing through booms and busts and failed urban renewal to the Murrah building bombing and the area?s insane tornado weather, it?s been on...
  • E.
    Dec 10, 2018
    Yes, Oklahoma City is a weird city, and here is an outsider affectionately chronicling some of that weirdness. OKC was also an adopted city for me. I grew up in the NE corner of the state with Tulsa as more of my metropolis and in the 80's it was the far superior city to OKC. But I ...
  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Aug 27, 2018
    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...
  • Sarah Gross
    Nov 10, 2018
    Not a book I?d typically pick up, but I loved this. A fantastic look at the weird history of OKC through the lens of their NBA franchise. ...
  • Ron S
    Apr 09, 2018
    Who needs a synopsis with a sub-title like that? A fun, fast-paced read for people that enjoy unusual histories with a generous helping of weird. ...
  • L.A. Starks
    Oct 26, 2018
    Anderson came to OKC from New York to report on the Thunder, Oklahoma City's basketball team, but he writes a fine history of Oklahoma City itself, interspersed with the Thunder's on-court drama. Anderson starts with the land run, writes about the growth by annexation, desegregation, t...
  • Betsey
    Dec 02, 2018
    This book made me excited to now be living in OKC. Also happy that I moved here when I did. And nervous for my first tornado season next spring. ...
  • Melissa
    Nov 30, 2018
    3.5 stars ...
  • Georgette
    Aug 27, 2018
    What a gun read! A great read for anyone who likes their sociology mixed in with weather, The Oklahoma City Thunder, history, and The Flaming Lips. I had next to no interest in OKC until this book. Anderson brings all of the free range missiles into wide-eyed, seat-of-your-pants narrat...
  • Danielle
    Mar 26, 2018
    Boom Town is centered around Oklahoma City and it's strong will and obstinance to survive and remain relevant since the city's time of conception when people first staked out their claims to this city. This book is a tribute not just to the city but to the people who have made and are ...
  • Jess
    Dec 08, 2018
    Wasn't in the right mood for this and I have other more pressing commitments. ...
  • Eryn C
    Sep 26, 2018
    I don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...
  • Lance
    Aug 27, 2018
    I had mixed feelings about this book. At least the parts that piqued my interest, the passages about the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, were interesting and I especially enjoyed reading about the angst felt when one of the young stars of the team, James Harden, was going to lea...
  • Amy Lawson
    Sep 15, 2018
    There was so much local buzz around this one and after finishing the book I would agree that this one was worth every bit of that BUZZ. The blurb "fantastical saga of OKC, apocalyptic weather, purloined basketball team, etc...." immediately hooked me and I zoomed through it. I loved ho...
  • Martha Steele
    Aug 23, 2018
    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...
  • Trey Malone
    Dec 03, 2018
    This is without a doubt in my mind the best book I have read this year. Anyone interested in the history American cities, basketball, or Oklahoma will not be able to put this one down. ...
  • Rowena Shuma
    Aug 31, 2018
    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...
  • Uriel Perez
    May 21, 2018
    This is a stunningly good piece of civic history here. Sam Anderson does the impossible and makes the arid, droll landscape of Oklahoma City explode with intrigue. ?Boom Town? is a wonderful mix of basketball reportage, frontier history and expose of a city in flyover country that ...
  • Rose (Traveling Sister)
    Nov 16, 2018
    4.5* RTC - Suggested for sons and daughters of the mid-south, lovers of basketball, and fans of weird history. (I'm all of the above, so this was right up my alley!) ...
  • DONNA
    Sep 23, 2018
    Interesting Approach to Explaining OKC As a native to OKC, I read with curiosity to an outsiders take on our city. Blending the unusual beginning of the city with the story of the OKC Thunder brought interest to a familiar story - with some Flaming Lips, Gary England, oil booms/bust...