We’ve told you where you can check out or buy books; now let’s discuss what to read. Of course we love books about our city’s interesting past. Here are a trio of books that will help you better understand how Oklahoma City became the city it is:
And Satan Came Also - As you know OKC was founded in a single day. It’s probably no surprise that a booming metropolis set up overnight led to a very interesting early history with a cast of colorful characters (operating on all sides of the law). And Satan Came Also by Albert McGilltells the (sometimes sordid) story of OKC beginnings. Originally published in 1955, this book was always rare and if you managed to track down a copy your wallet would surely suffer. Luckily it was recently re-released with notations from present day historian Larry Johnson. You can find the book at Full Circle Books.
Historic Photos of Oklahoma City - While light on text, this book by Larry Johnson features the most comprehensive collection of photography from Oklahoma City’s founding through the late 1900s. This is a must have for anyone’s coffee table.
OKC Second Time Around - Written by Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money, Second Time Around focuses on Oklahoma City from the 1950s to present day. It is an engaging look at how against all odds OKC rebuilt its downtown after the oil bust of the 80s. You can find this book at Full Circle Books.
[Photos courtesy of Full Circle Books]