Award-winning journalist Sam Andersons 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 stake t...
|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|
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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
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I adored this book so much. I am from Oklahoma and Sam Anderson does an excellent job of educating an Oklahoman on the history from my own state. I had never heard of Sam before, but I will be recommending this book from here on out! Boom Town shows the perseverance of what a city and culture go through to stay alive. The history of the city is an amazing adventure and a outstanding history lesson for any reader!
This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, sports, celebrities ......all in an easily readable manner....making it a very interesting read. Nothing dry & boring about this book! I didn't even know that I'd want to learn or know anything about OKC....I k ...more
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 personal and unique way that I could not put this down. A word of warning for other Oklahomans reading this -- the parts about the May 2013 tornadoes were super hard for me to read and I suffered no damage from them. I ...more
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, and thank you Crown Publishing and Net Galley for giving me a chance to read it. I was gobsmacked; it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It's been described by other reviewers as brilliant and kal ...more
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 narratives that turn this "little old town" into a fascinating panorama of oddities and heart. One thing's for sure, after reading this, you can't call Oklahoma City dull.
Boom Town is about the thrills and hardships of Oklahoma City history. There were parts of Boom Town that contained interesting tidbits of knowledge, except the overkill about the Oklahoma Thunder basketball team. I believe the dream of becoming a world-class metropolis is not in the near future for this city. I did enjoy the chapters about their weatherman Gary England, and the ongoing struggles with chaotic weather. Sam Anderson writes an easily read text, but I would have preferred some chron ...more
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 really deserves a second look.
I received a free copy of this book from Penguin's First To Read.
I have visited OKC, but have no real attachment to or knowledge about it. This seemed like an interesting lens to learn more. I liked this for the most part, but in parts it just dragged. It was interesting to see how the team coming actually effected the town so much not as fans but as citizens. A little but for everyone here, but just kind of slow.