From Library Journal
This work presents Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a microcosm of the United States, and indeed, their histories are remarkably similar. First inhabited by displaced Native Americans, the city was soon flourishing, thanks to a railroad station and good conditions for cattle ranching. Then the discovery of oil led to an explosion of wealth and inhabitants, which helped the city grow to what it is today. All of this and more is painstakingly described by Goble, director of American Studies at Rogers University and the author of five previous works on the history of Oklahoma. Goble includes various tidbits and stories about some of Tulsa's interesting characters, which personalizes the history but makes the text a bit disjointed. Overall, the book is well researched and thorough, and it includes an excellent array of black-and-white photographs from the Tulsa County Historical Society. Not light reading, it would be of interest to history buffs and academics, and is recommended for U.S. history collections.?Kathleen A. Shanahan, American Univ. Lib., Washington, D.C.
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A celebration of a city, Tulsa! is a book brimming with history and the people who made it. Featuring hundreds of rare photos, Goble has produced a fascinating account of Tulsa's story, of the people who made it unique, and of the forces that have made it the "most American of American cities." Even before the discovery of rich oil fields, Tulsans had a vibrant energy that positioned this Indian Territory village to boom into the Oil Capital of the World and a microcosm of the economically powerful United States.