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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
By (author): Sam Anderson
9780804137331 Paperback, Trade English General Trade SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban Aug 20, 2019
$24.00 CAD
Active 5.18 x 8 x 0.95 in 448 pages 20-22 PHOTOS T/O Crown Broadway Books
Now in paperback, award-winning journalist Sam Anderson’s “enthralling, hilarious, and unexpectedly moving biography of Oklahoma City that already feels like a classic of its kind” (Slate)

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.

Sam Anderson unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports criticism, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to portray a “nuanced, immersive portrait of Oklahoma City…. This is the strenth, and unlikely triumph, of Boom Town, which takes a city almost universally overlooked and turns it into a metaphor for, well, everything” (Washington Post).

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.

SAM ANDERSON is currently critic-at-large for the New York Times Magazine and formerly a book critic for New York magazine and a regular contributor to Slate. Anderson’s journalism and essays have won numerous awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. He lives in New York with his family.

Author Residence: New York, NY

Author Hometown: Oregon

Marketing: Social media promotions

Buzz mailings to OK area institutions and VIPs



Author Social Media: Twitter: @shamblanderson

“[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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