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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
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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 the bizarre but momentous Land Run of 1889, when tens of thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Anderson, Sam, 1977- author.
Boom town
New York : Crown, 2018
(DLC) 2018011488
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sam Anderson
ISBN: 9780804137317 0804137315 9780804137331 0804137331 0804137323 9780804137324
OCLC Number: 1028606230
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xx, 427 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part One. Time. A visitor's guide to Oklahoma City ; Beard ; Middleness ; In the beginning ; Ewing ; Operation bongo ; Microwave popcorn ; Sonicsgate ; Nooners ; The first player ; In Presti we trust ; Prairie chickens ; No beard --
Part Two. Size. Our holy chief meteorologist and severe weather savior ; The scars of a bloodless conflict ; 1 & 3 ; The death of Mayor Couch ; KD is nice ; The grand canal ; Always trying ; You don't get to bargain with me ; Federal larceny ; Game 1: those who sit beside you ; Eternal present ; Part Three. Color. Golden grenade ; Game 7: Mr. Oklahoma City ; Negrophobia ; Everything which makes life more livable ; Kaleidoscopic sperm explosions ; Kiss ; Taps ; Rainbow ; In that hamburger, the whole essence of democracy lies ; Universal city ; Pretty much centralizing everything ; Game 16: Civil War ; Black Friday --
Part Four. Distance. The grandest street this generation has ever seen ; Game 31: KD is not nice ; Blessed are the placemakers ; Controlled progressive collapse ; Game 46: the neutrality of Thabo Sefolosha ; I love capitalism ; Game 70: Westbrook, Westbrook, Westbrook, Westbrook, Westbrook ; The east ; Game 83: five against one ; We who have long been dust salute you ; All your bad days will end ; The terror --
Part Five. Motion. Buffalo ; Our lifeline is concrete ; Game 84: the awful hazard ; Are tornadoes necessary? ; Solo ; Together ; Game 85: storms ; 9:02 ; Justice ; Game 93: that arm became a heavy arm ; The air smelled almost like fish ; The lowerings ; The speed of shadows --
Three epilogues. But still ; And then ; Why not?
Responsibility: Sam Anderson.

Abstract:

"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 the bizarre but momentous Land Run of 1889, when tens of 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 framed 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, 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 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"--

"A lively and introspective look into Oklahoma City, where colorful city officials business leaders, artists, and sports fans have turned an unassuming Southwestern city into a thriving metropolis with a dazzling basketball team"--

A great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny, Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in the bizarre but momentous Land Run of 1889, when tens of 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. Anderson 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. -- adapted from publisher info

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