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Boom Town

The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, its Chaotic Founding... its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis
Lu par : Sam Anderson
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A New York Times notable book of 2018. Named a best book of 2018 by NPR, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and The Economist and Deadspin.

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 stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between the wild energy that drives its outsize ambitions and the forces of order that seek sustainable progress. 

Nowhere was this dynamic better realized than in the drama of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team’s 2012-13 season, when the Thunder’s brilliant general manager, Sam Presti, ignited a firestorm by trading future superstar James Harden just days before the first game. Presti’s all-in gamble on “the Process”- the patient, methodical management style that dictated the trade as the team’s best hope for long-term greatness - kicked off a pivotal year in the city’s history, one that would include pitched battles over urban planning, a series of cataclysmic tornadoes, and the frenzied hope that an NBA championship might finally deliver the glory of which the city had always dreamed.

Boom Town announces the arrival of an exciting literary voice. Sam Anderson, former book critic for New York magazine and now a staff writer at the New York Times magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of an American city whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment. Filled with characters ranging from NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook; to Flaming Lips oddball front man Wayne Coyne; to legendary Great Plains meteorologist Gary England; to Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City's would-be Robert Moses; to civil rights activist Clara Luper; to the citizens and public servants who survived the notorious 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, Boom Town offers a remarkable look at the urban tapestry woven from control and chaos, sports and civics.

Long-Listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction

A New York Times Editor's Choice 

©2018 Sam Anderson (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

“[Anderson] has discovered a subject that energizes him the way a birch-bark canoe roused John McPhee, the way a French meal stoked M.F.K. Fisher, and the way a burning Bronx fired up Jonathan Mahler.... Unlike navel-gazing yappers like Hunter S. Thompson, Anderson doesn’t splatter himself all over the story. He never drowns out anyone with his sly, entertaining voice. His sensibility, sophisticated though it may be, is generous enough to stand up and offer its seat to others... For all of the surrealism in [Franz Kafka’s Oklahoma-set] Amerika, whose runic metaphysics helped give rise to the adjective ‘Kafkaesque,’ the manuscript doesn’t begin to match the genuinely American phantasmagoria of Boom Town. What’s most surreal about Oklahoma City, as brilliantly rendered in Anderson’s wild and gusty history, is that this city is for real.” (The New York Times Book Review

“[Boom Town is a] dizzyingly pleasurable new history of Oklahoma City. If ‘dizzyingly pleasurable’ and ‘Oklahoma City’ aren’t words you expect to see in the same sentence, Anderson’s book wants to convince you that the capital of America’s 46th state is the most secretly fascinating place on earth.... It’s a peculiarly concentrated locus of old American energies, creative, destructive, and bizarre, and Anderson illuminates both the romance and the hubris of a city that went from wild gunfights to unrestrained freeways in a single human lifetime.... Boom Town is a dazzling urban history.... Anderson writes beautifully about the human beings he encounters, both living and dead. A minute-by-minute account of the Oklahoma City bombing left me almost in tears.... Anderson’s curious, hilarious, and wildly erudite book vividly evokes the bonk he describes here, as it holds together, quivers, and remakes itself over the following century.” (Brian Phillips, The New Yorker

“A delightfully deep dive into ‘one of the great weirdo cities of the world’.... [Boom Town is] one of the more unexpectedly entertaining - and stimulating - nonfiction romps in recent memory. Anderson deftly weaves together history, personalities and his own observations.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Global
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  • dan
  • 09/09/2018

OKC’s Past & Present Weaved Together

From land runs to Civil Rights, tornadoes to Wayne Coyne, urban boomtown to urban renewal and sprawl and gentrification to urban revitalization, Anderson beautifully weaves together OKC’s past and present. My biggest critique is what is not included — women beyond the heroic Clara Luper, Indigenous Peoples and nations, Mexican-American and Asian-American citizens. Also, he takes a few too many shots at the loyal Thunderman — Russell Westbrook. The history and stories Anderson includes are well-told. This is not a romanticized tale. OKC’s successes and shortcomings are presented. He uses vivid metaphors to weave stories together. I highly recommend this book. For those that see OKC as a flyover city, you’ll be surprised. For OKC natives, transplants, and expats, you’ll see Anderson captures much of their city in ways we knew, but hadn’t put altogether in one place. Well done, Mr. Anderson.

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  • Matthew Rickman
  • 18/07/2019

Fantastic! Lovely woven story.

My parents grew up in Oklahoma and I spent time there as a kid. But even without these connections to the story - this is a great book. I’m also not a fan of basketball - but again, just a fantastic book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07/07/2019

masterful, charming and hilarious

Sam Anderson weaves together his story with a grace and simple force that makes every chapter worth it and then some.

He has a keen sense for what holds cities and their people together, which is worth something.

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  • KerriK
  • 15/06/2019

Proud to be an Okie

I've lived in a Oklahoma my whole life, most of it in OKC or just on the outskirts. I learned so much more about our history in this story! Anderson's excellent writing caused me to laugh (at myself and fellow Oklahomans), cry, stop to wonder, and awe at my missed connections for so many years. I'm even more proud to be an Okie after reading this book.

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  • David
  • 13/06/2019

Interesting.... for OKC

This is an interesting story about OKC. If I had a connection to the city, or reason to be concerned, I think I would have LOVED the book. Unfortunately, I’ve only been there once, and didn’t get to see much more than the Memorial. So I wasn’t familiar with the freeways, landmarks, or any of the history. I did however enjoy the replay of the Thunder’s existence and appreciate the support OKC has for their team. This is what really got me through the book, but I’m also a BIG sports fan, and follow the Houston Rockets like religion. The author draws parallels between the Thunder and the city’s history throughout.

Narration was just not good... no inflection when reading about the bombing, catastrophic tornados, or basketball highlights.

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  • William E. Franklin
  • 01/06/2019

Great Read!

As a native of Oklahoma City I found this book really informative. I was reminded of many experiences I forgot and learned some things I didn't know.

  • Global
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  • Justine
  • 31/05/2019

Riveting

What a joyful surprise! I never thought I would care about Oklahoma City, but after hearing Sam talk about his book on the 99% Invisible podcast I had to check it out. It was funny, tragic, riveting and engaging and I am genuinely upset that I have finished listening.

Highly recommend!

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  • Andrew Weymouth
  • 28/04/2019

Fascinating History

I am not a basketball fan but I do sometimes like sports writing (A sense of Where You are, etc.) and I thought that the author did do a great job of tying these two narratives together. That being said, I found the parts about OK history and civil rights and meteorology much more engaging.

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  • MareMare
  • 24/04/2019

Thank you...from an Okie.

Thank you , Sam, for telling our story. The good, the bad, the tragedy and the healing. This is a great city, because we all pull together. Thank you for letting people know that.

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  • Hayley Frost
  • 08/04/2019

Boom Town Delivers!

This book reminds me of all of the quirky, weird reasons I love Oklahoma City. Oklahomans are a different breed...we chase crazy dreams and sometimes achieve them with even wackier results. Our heros, our ethos and our outlooks are unique. I married a Texan, I live among Texans, but I will always be an Oklahoman at heart. Sam Anderson gets to the heart of our unusual city...great read!