✓ 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 ↠´ Download by Î Sam Anderson
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 anyway, regardless of any connection I love sports but hate the NBA but the Thunder storyline is so fantastically woven into the overall narrative I was completely hooked The author tackles the founding of the city, the booms, the busts, racism and segregation, the OKC bombing e. g basically the main thing the city is known for , among other things What a weird little place in the best way possible and the author really brings it to life with smarts and humor. 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 America s flyover country, starting with the chaotic Land Run of 1889 where the settlers physically raced in to the then territory to claim real estate probably best known from its depiction in the Tom Cruise Nicole Kidman movie Far and Away and the haphazard and often violent origin of what would become the state s capital city It initially depicted as a rough community, brimming with mostly cowboys and criminals The state itself is somewhat new, at least by U. S standards, established only in 1907 After detailing some of the founding fathers Anderson begins to switch gears between the other segments, Winning Journalist Sam Anderson S Long Awaited Debut Is A Brilliant, Kaleidoscopic Narrative Of Oklahoma City A Great American Story Of Civics, Basketball, And DestinyOklahoma City Was Born From Chaos It Was Founded In A Bizarre But Momentous Land Run In , When Thousands Of People Lined Up Along The Borders Of Oklahoma Territory And Rushed In At Noon To Stake Their Claims Since Then, It Has Been A City Torn Between The Wild Energy That Drives Its Outsized Ambitions, And The Forces Of ✓ 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 ↠´ Download by Î Sam Anderson Order That Seek Sustainable Progress Nowhere Was This Dynamic Better Realized Than In The Drama Of The Oklahoma City Thunder Basketball Team S Season, When The Thunder S Brilliant General Manager, Sam Presti, Ignited A Firestorm By Trading Future Superstar James Harden Just Days Before The First Game Presti S All In Gamble On The Process The Patient, Methodical Management Style That Dictated The Trade As The Team S Best Hope For Long Term Greatness Kicked Off A Pivotal Year In The City S History, One That Would Include Pitched Battles Over Urban Planning, A Series Of Cataclysmic Tornadoes, And The Frenzied Hope That An NBA Championship Might Finally Deliver The Glory Of Which The City Had Always DreamedBoom Town Announces The Arrival Of An Exciting Literary Voice Sam Anderson, Former Book Critic For New York Magazine And Now A Staff Writer At The New York Times Magazine, Unfolds An Idiosyncratic Mix Of American History, Sports Reporting, Urban Studies, Gonzo Memoir, And Much To Tell The Strange But Compelling Story Of An American City Whose Unique Mix Of Geography And History Make It A Fascinating Microcosm Of The Democratic Experiment Filled With Characters Ranging From NBA Superstars Kevin Durant And Russell Westbrook To Flaming Lips Oddball Frontman Wayne Coyne To Legendary Great Plains Meteorologist Gary England To Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City S Would Be Robert Moses To Civil Rights Activist Clara Luper To The Citizens And Public Servants Who Survived The NotoriousBombing Of The Alfred P Murrah Federal Building, Boom Town Offers A Remarkable Look At The Urban Tapestry Woven From Control And Chaos, Sports And Civics 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, the unfortunate clearing of downtown an idea generated by I. M Pei and adopted by the city fathers the Murrah bombing, and tornadoes He writes some about oil and gas but is less specific than he could be that poorer times and less development stemmed from oil and gas downturns. Much to his credit, he gets the sources of Oklahoma s earthquakes right not fracking but the deep wastewater disposal wells, which are now used much less than they were originally, with 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. 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 forth through time, Anderson captures what makes Oklahoma and the Thunder so great This is the story of a great state, a state that popped up over night, a state that had a college before it was officially recognized as a state There s the Land Run, tornados, Wayne Coyne, Gary England There s also Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden I always find it hard to describe Oklahoma Yes, it in the middle of the country and yes, it s full o ã 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 ☆ This came as a nice surprise for me Meet someone and tell them you read and they tell you about a book written by their friend and you go out and get a copy because that s just the kind of guy you are So but you know how we re all working through this list of novels we call Gro stadtromane It s here Boom Town is kind of like that Except it s nonfiction And it s about a Town that only wants to be gro , that thinks itself to be gro , that wills itself groBoom It s kind of like a biography of a town It s kind of like a nonfic Bildungsroman Of a town It s kind of like a nonfic version of those novels whose protag is a loser Is OKC the Willy Loman of the country Also there s like this vibe that reminds me of Vollmann, that empathy, that ge
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. 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 hometown s unique and bizarre history for even the most removed reader He s just that goodand OKC is just that weird I would recommend this to anyone, without qualifiers. 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 City and left to go to college when I was 18 in 1986 , returning less and less as the years passed and family died or moved Now it s mostly a trip back for a high school reunion every five or 10 years Enough about OKC remains the same, so that these visits can become a satisfying nostalgia trip It s a real and always sentimental journey for me, but a lot has changed, to say the very least This is a book about a truly American place always on the verge of something big, ever since 1889, and never quite getting there Sam Anderson has done a terrific job of mixing his
About The Author
Sam Anderson is an American book reviewer and author He is the critic at large for The New York Times Magazine Prior to joining The New York Times Magazine, he was a book critic at New York Magazine In 2007 he received the Balakian Award for Excellence in Criticism from the National Book Critics Circle.He holds a masters degree from Louisiana State University.