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! ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Vanessa (splitreads)
    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...
  • Tanya
    Jan 30, 2019
    I loved this book. If Sam Anderson wants to be interviewed for a homespun podcast for teachers, or be on the writers council for the National Writing Project, he should reach out. I couldn't stop wanting to ask him questions about process: how do you keep track of what happens in a bas...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Bart Thanhauser
    Jan 06, 2019
    I really enjoyed that. Was skeptical I could read about Oklahoma City for 400+ pages, but this book was like candy?tons of chapters on basketball, urban planning, the Flaming Lips, and OKC?s uniquely weird founding. Anderson also has a good narrative voice. He clearly loves OKC but...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Brad
    Jan 05, 2019
    This book is simply fantastic. Anderson weaves together so many seemingly disparate threads without ever having to force the comparison or relevance. People interested in: sports,history, politics, art, music, science, urban planning, public policy, race relations, civil rights, travel...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Teddy Farkas
    Jan 17, 2019
    I don?t often write reviews but this book was really extraordinary. I enjoyed every bit of it from start to finish and for some reason it made me want to read every source the author outlines at the end of the book. I?m sure if I read them though, I wouldn?t be nearly as enthrall...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...