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
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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

  • Mary
    Sep 05, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Phil Overeem
    Sep 06, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Sarah
    Jan 06, 2019

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

  • Neven
    Dec 19, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

    If you are a native of OKC, or interested in it's wacky history, this is a must read. Lots of little known facts about the Land Run, the Murrah bombing, civil rights era, politics, human interest stories and packed with Thunder. The writer is from the NY Times so his political bias sur...

    Epic in scope, entertaining from cover to cover; informative, bold, surprising, easy to read?I was having fun with this book as a pleasant distraction, but then at some point it turned sublime and heartbreaking, and it became truly Great. ...

  • Hank Stuever
    Nov 04, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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

    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!) ...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Ron S
    Apr 09, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

    If you are a native of OKC, or interested in it's wacky history, this is a must read. Lots of little known facts about the Land Run, the Murrah bombing, civil rights era, politics, human interest stories and packed with Thunder. The writer is from the NY Times so his political bias sur...

    Epic in scope, entertaining from cover to cover; informative, bold, surprising, easy to read?I was having fun with this book as a pleasant distraction, but then at some point it turned sublime and heartbreaking, and it became truly Great. ...

    This is the best book I read in 2018. I can't recommend it enough. ...

    Wow. I wouldn't have imagined I could be so gripped by a story about the history of Oklahoma City and basketball. At times hilarious, but then heartbreaking. 4.5. ...

    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. ...

  • Georgette
    Aug 27, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • John Benson
    Dec 27, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

  • Amy Lawson
    Sep 15, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Heidi
    Dec 26, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

    If you are a native of OKC, or interested in it's wacky history, this is a must read. Lots of little known facts about the Land Run, the Murrah bombing, civil rights era, politics, human interest stories and packed with Thunder. The writer is from the NY Times so his political bias sur...

    Epic in scope, entertaining from cover to cover; informative, bold, surprising, easy to read?I was having fun with this book as a pleasant distraction, but then at some point it turned sublime and heartbreaking, and it became truly Great. ...

    This is the best book I read in 2018. I can't recommend it enough. ...

    Wow. I wouldn't have imagined I could be so gripped by a story about the history of Oklahoma City and basketball. At times hilarious, but then heartbreaking. 4.5. ...

  • Uriel Perez
    May 21, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Jacques Poitras
    Jan 01, 2019

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

    If you are a native of OKC, or interested in it's wacky history, this is a must read. Lots of little known facts about the Land Run, the Murrah bombing, civil rights era, politics, human interest stories and packed with Thunder. The writer is from the NY Times so his political bias sur...

    Epic in scope, entertaining from cover to cover; informative, bold, surprising, easy to read?I was having fun with this book as a pleasant distraction, but then at some point it turned sublime and heartbreaking, and it became truly Great. ...

    This is the best book I read in 2018. I can't recommend it enough. ...

  • Teddy Farkas
    Jan 17, 2019

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • 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!) ...

  • Jim Keating
    Jan 12, 2019

    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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    Sam Anderson tells a very interesting history of Oklahoma City interspersed with the story of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team. He writes in a very engaging style and brings out its boom and bust history well. I have no real interest in pro-basketball but he makes one interest...

    I have never set foot in Oklahoma City but the 99% Invisible podcast made this sound like a good read. And for the most part it is. It?s written in a sort of poetic dirtbag style that works well for sports writing, although the tone shifts a bit in ways that don?t always hang toget...

    If you are a native of OKC, or interested in it's wacky history, this is a must read. Lots of little known facts about the Land Run, the Murrah bombing, civil rights era, politics, human interest stories and packed with Thunder. The writer is from the NY Times so his political bias sur...

  • DONNA
    Sep 23, 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!) ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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. ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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! ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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...