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

  • Michelle
    Dec 26, 2018
    How is this book not on every "best of 2018" list for non-fiction? So fun, so well-written, so fascinating (I listened to it on audiobook--great listen as well). The majority of my family is from Oklahoma, and that's what compelled me to pick up the book but I would've loved this anywa...
  • vanessa
    Feb 09, 2019
    Overall a really amusing book... Definitely can recommend as an audiobook (narrated by the author). It's part history, sports recap, and anecdotal life in Oklahoma City. Anderson tells readers of OKC's land run days, its eagerness to grow as a metropolis (good luck with that), its civi...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Audrey
    Jun 09, 2019
    Y'all, this was so fun. So, so fun. Anderson takes as his starting point the entirely reasonable view that US history is little pockets of weirdness driven by racism, guns and money, and we go from there. Even by the standards of 19th century US history the founding of Oklahoma...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Aimee Dars
    Dec 29, 2018
    I love reading about my home state, and Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Being a World-Class Metropolis by Sam Anderson came with high expectations and strong recommendations...
  • Rika
    Feb 10, 2019
    As someone who has lived in Oklahoma since 1987 (I think?), I was interested to see what an outsider thought and also learn about Oklahoma history since i had largely forgotten everything from my Oklahoma history class in ninth grade. I did learn many things in this book and found it v...
  • 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...
  • Lennon Patton
    Apr 06, 2019
    A wild ride that was educational, entertaining, and infuriating all at once. Highly recommended for anyone who loves and lives in OKC. Heads up that the OKC bombing chapters are *very* hard to process. I took several breaks during this part to grieve and exercise out my anger. ...
  • Barnabas Piper
    Jan 23, 2019
    Basketball Tornadoes Civil Rights Hero Civil Rights Heroine Land Rush Bombing Insane politicians Celebrity meterologists These are just a few of the things that made this book remarkably interesting. Anderson did a masterful job weaving past and present together to paint a pi...
  • Cait
    May 02, 2019
    My interest in, and enjoyment of, this book was definitely a reverse bell curve. That being said, it was a fascinating book, and I liked that this was a somewhat different style of non-fiction book. ...
  • 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...
  • Bethany
    Jan 26, 2019
    The 5-star rating may be a little biased considering I?m a lifelong Oklahoma resident, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author covers all the big events/themes in OKC history - the Land Run, the oil booms & busts, Clara Luper & the civil rights movement, the OKC bombin...
  • Natasha
    Apr 03, 2019
    Oklahoma City has been my home my entire life. I was 7 when the bombing happened and my mother worked across the street from the Murrah Building. I was 11 when May 3rd tore into my neighborhood halving it into destroyed lots and spared houses, I was 25 living in Moore when May 30th ate...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Scott S.
    Jan 31, 2019
    4.5 stars Boom Town is one of those books that I refer to as "It's all right there in the title, folks." Anderson - with a a lot of well-placed humor and extensive research - examines the origin of the relatively young metropolis, that is firmly entrenched in what is called Ameri...
  • Caitlin Frazier
    Jun 09, 2019
    I remember reading the magazine piece that was the genesis of this book. I was eating pizza alone at a restaurant and I didn?t understand why this piece about the Thunder, which also talked about the Murrah Bombing and our state?s crazy weather was so moving to me. I couldn?t sto...
  • Cara
    Feb 27, 2019
    EXCELLENT. He absolutely nails everything in this book. I'm an Okie born and bred and I learned so much in this book. Anderson is thorough in his analysis and insight into this place in multiple facets. Incredible...I want to read it again! ...
  • Owen
    Jan 17, 2019
    This book felt like it was written just for me - 1/3 about basketball, 1/3 about history, and 1/3 about urban development/meteorology/current events, all set in Oklahoma. It read like an extended Grantland or Ringer piece. My one wish is that the author used citations and had a full...
  • Connor
    Jan 16, 2019
    I enjoyed learning about a city that daily feels more like home. Although I wish the author would have focused on some more topics that really drive the city (Tinker AFB, culture, etc) instead of the plethora of details about the Thunder, I enjoyed the tongue-in-cheek of the author and...
  • Lora Reed
    Feb 25, 2019
    This book was recommended to me by my 29 year old daughter who is one of the young people who now enjoys the re-generation of Oklahoma City, with its Bricktown, Riverwalk, Arts Culture, NBA Thunder team and many other hustle and bustle things to see and do while living in downtown O...
  • Molly
    Feb 16, 2019
    What a fucking trip. Living in Oklahoma City definitely fertilizes the soil here, but I think I might've loved this book even if I didn't. Sam Anderson's writing is bright, conspiratorial, and funny; it's snarky but not mean, personal but not self-centered. He tells the story of Oklaho...
  • Gary Siebert
    Jun 21, 2019
    I am so glad this book was written. Outside of Oklahoma, people only seem to be acquainted with a caricature of the state, if they give any thought to Oklahoma at all. We (I'm a lifetime resident of 50 years) don't help ourselves much either, with national news reports seemingly confir...
  • Eliza McNitt
    Jan 22, 2019
    As a meteorology buff, I was excited to read about a part of the country that, because of its location at the intersection of warm southerly winds and arctic cold fronts, is often subjected to severe weather. Needless to say, I was sucked into the book like it was an F4 tornado. The au...