BIG NEW VOICE IN LITERARY NONFICTION: The hardcover release of Boom Town positioned Sam Anderson as the new voice to watch, with rave reviews in all of the major publications. With no lack of support from the tastemakers of the literary world, the paperback will continue to capitalize on that enthusiasm.
ACADEMIC POTENTIAL: Covering everything from American history to urban planning, Boom Town’s raucous guide to Oklahoma City is the perfect choice for course adoption in any classroom that hopes to take a closer look at the birth and evolution of an American city.
“[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…. 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…. 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…. A dazzling urban history…. Anderson’s curious, hilarious, and wildly erudite book vividly evokes the bond he describes here, as it holds together, quivers, and remakes itself over the following century.”—Brian Phillips, The New Yorker
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