Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson?s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City--a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny. Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous "Land Run" in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stak Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson?s long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma Ci...

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Title:Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis
Author:Sam Anderson
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Genres:History
ISBN:0804137315
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:448 pages pages

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis Reviews

  • Mary
    Sep 05, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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! ...

  • Laurie
    Sep 18, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • sarah  morgan
    Aug 21, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

  • Pete
    Sep 05, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

  • Patrick McCoy
    Oct 02, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

  • Vegantrav
    Sep 01, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

  • Phil Overeem
    Sep 06, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Schuyler Wallace
    Jul 13, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

  • Stella
    Aug 28, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Paquita Maria Sanchez
    Aug 27, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

  • Ron S
    Apr 09, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

  • Cynthia
    Aug 01, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

    This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, ...

  • Georgette
    Aug 27, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

  • Eryn C
    Sep 26, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

  • Brian
    Aug 12, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

  • Lance
    Aug 27, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    I had mixed feelings about this book. At least the parts that piqued my interest, the passages about the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team, were interesting and I especially enjoyed reading about the angst felt when one of the young stars of the team, James Harden, was going to lea...

  • Amy Lawson
    Sep 15, 2018

    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...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

  • Reed
    Oct 11, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

    This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, ...

    Very interesting book, the narrative of which which includes a mixture of journalistic and historical writing styles. Easy to read with touching and thoughtful descriptions of civil rights persona, athletes, weather experts, novelists and business chicanery. good book for airports or s...

    Though not a native I?ve lived in Oklahoma, and specifically Oklahoma City, over 4 decades. I?m sure having lived through all the modern day history helped me to love this book as I can picture the places and events accounted within its pages. But I learned a lot too and I love...

    This was a great, quick read. I have relatives in OKC, and I have even contemplated moving there, though visits there, and Anderson's treatise, verify that OKC has "issues." Nonetheless, Anderson treats his subject matter fairly, even lovingly, with a measure of sympathy. He's a damn g...

  • Edwin Howard
    Aug 19, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

  • Jill Meyer
    May 16, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

  • Martha Steele
    Aug 23, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

  • Rowena Shuma
    Aug 31, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

  • Jamele (BookswithJams)
    Aug 31, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

  • Uriel Perez
    May 21, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

  • Nancy Krause
    Sep 27, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

    This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, ...

    Very interesting book, the narrative of which which includes a mixture of journalistic and historical writing styles. Easy to read with touching and thoughtful descriptions of civil rights persona, athletes, weather experts, novelists and business chicanery. good book for airports or s...

    Though not a native I?ve lived in Oklahoma, and specifically Oklahoma City, over 4 decades. I?m sure having lived through all the modern day history helped me to love this book as I can picture the places and events accounted within its pages. But I learned a lot too and I love...

  • Patricia Romero
    Jul 06, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

  • Adria
    Jun 30, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

    This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, ...

    Very interesting book, the narrative of which which includes a mixture of journalistic and historical writing styles. Easy to read with touching and thoughtful descriptions of civil rights persona, athletes, weather experts, novelists and business chicanery. good book for airports or s...

  • EDandDONNA
    Sep 23, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

  • Leading Edge Boomer
    Aug 21, 2018

    If Sam Anderson can emotionally invest born and raised Okie-me in the politics and interpersonal relationships of the Thunder, a basketball team I've never watched play a single game (not even on a television screen), then I promise you that he can effortlessly breathe life into my hom...

    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. ...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    Great book. Think I would still enjoy even if I didn?t live in the area! ...

    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 don't care about basketball at all but this was a really interesting read. ...

    Someone left a copy of this book at work and I read the first page just to get a feel for it. Needless to say it hooked me immediately. I'm not a native Oklahoman but have lived here for nearly 12 years and I really knew nothing of the state's history. Normally I find non-fiction dry a...

    Not much is ever said about Oklahoma City. It?s not pushed as a glitzy vacation spot. It?s not a glamorous fashion center or a mighty factory town. Its bigness is only associated with its footprint and its devastating weather. Its NBA basketball team is electrifying mainly to i...

    OMG, what a great book!!! I kept looking at this and thinking, Nah, I don't want to read about Oklahoma City and what do I know or care about professional basketball? But something kept making me look at it again. The cover perhaps? Whatever, I finally requested an advanced reader copy...

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I've lived in Nichols Hills since Hurricane Katrina spit us out of Mississippi's Gulf Coast. The entire state has been a mystery to me. I had never heard of Sam Anderson, sorry Sam, but I won't forget him! This was the best unvarnished lo...

    Boom Town tells the story of my adopted home city, Oklahoma City, where I have lived for almost all my adult life. I love this city, and I love this book. As such, my take on Boom Town is probably not as objective and unbiased as it could be; nevertheless, I think even those who have n...

    Boom Town (2018) by Sam Anderson is a fascinating look at the Midwestern town of Oklahoma City. The book was birthed from an assignment Anderson was given as a reporter to follow the surprising success of the city's upstart NBA team, the Oklahoma City Thunder (who were stolen from the ...

    BOOMTOWN by Sam Anderson provides a vivid, unique and entertaining view of the history of Oklahoma City, from the Land Run that haphazardly created this one-of-a-kind city, all the way to the OKC Thunder, which brought much needed attention to a city who seemed to have lost it's ident...

    Oklahoma City? It's the capital and largest city in Oklahoma. It was the scene of an horrific domestic terrorist bombing in the mid-1990's. It was founded in a land rush and has suffered the same booms and busts as many other primarily energy-based economies have suffered over the year...

    i've read more than a few magazine pieces by sam anderson, not always knowing he wrote them, remarked on their quality, then seen his byline and been like oh duh of course it was good sam anderson wrote it. so duh this book is pretty good because sam anderson wrote it. his prose has a ...

    This was such a great book! I was not sure how it would be to read nonfiction on the history of Oklahoma City, but it was truly an enjoyable and fascinating read! I loved how the author tied it all to the Oklahoma Thunder, but literally started from the beginning of when OKC was formed...

    Did you ever stop and wonder about Oklahoma City? For those who live in the state of Oklahoma this might be a yes but for the rest of us it is not likely. Despite that this book pulls you in and gives a visage into the formation of state founded on chaos and parts of the Old West and p...

    This is a real fun historical read. I might actually rate it a 3.5, but round up to reward the educational value! I learned A LOT about OKC....from the very beginning .....when OK wasn't even yet a State, to present day. It covers/explains politics, geography, history, sensationalism, ...

    Very interesting book, the narrative of which which includes a mixture of journalistic and historical writing styles. Easy to read with touching and thoughtful descriptions of civil rights persona, athletes, weather experts, novelists and business chicanery. good book for airports or s...

    Though not a native I?ve lived in Oklahoma, and specifically Oklahoma City, over 4 decades. I?m sure having lived through all the modern day history helped me to love this book as I can picture the places and events accounted within its pages. But I learned a lot too and I love...

    This was a great, quick read. I have relatives in OKC, and I have even contemplated moving there, though visits there, and Anderson's treatise, verify that OKC has "issues." Nonetheless, Anderson treats his subject matter fairly, even lovingly, with a measure of sympathy. He's a damn g...

    I've been to Oklahoma City. There is a fine memorial museum and grounds about the 1995 domestic terrorist bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. After that ... (crickets). Even though I am a college basketball fan, the pro game is lost on me. I will probably check this book out fro...