Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson makes his long-awaited debut with Oklahoma City's wild transformation from a sleepy Southwestern town into a thriving metropolis, seemingly overnight, and the colorful freethinkers who made it happen.
Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded on the afternoon of a bizarre but momentous Land Run in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between its own outsized ambitions to become a grand metropolis and the powerful provincial pull of its strange, landlocked location at America's heart. Nowhere was this more on display than in the drama that played out with the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team in 2012-13, when the brilliant friction between the team's two stars and its general manager, Sam Presti-with his near-religious faith in the Process-took the team, and the city, to the brink of a championship.
In the style of John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are and Joan Didion's Slouching Toward Bethlehem, Boom Town announces the arrival of a great young literary voice. Sam Anderson, former book critic for New York magazine and now a contributing writer at the New York Times magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports criticism, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to get at the strange but compelling story of one American city whose unique mix of geography and attitude makes it a curious barometer for the nation. Filled with characters ranging from hoops phenom James Harden; to Flaming Lips frontman and drug-fueled genius Wayne Coyne; to Sam Draper, Oklahoma City's would-be Robert Moses; to the citizens and public servants who lived through the notorious 1995 bombing of the Murrah federal building, Boom Town offers a remarkable look at how, for better or worse, a city always becomes itself.
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Crown, August 2018
Product Dimensions: 9.6 L × 6.4 W × 1.3 H
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