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Banking in Oklahoma



Hightower's first book on banking and commerce in Oklahoma (OU Press, 2013) illuminates the challenges and opportunities that greeted pioneer businessmen in the Twin Territories and shaped the state's commercial history. In his second book (OU Press, 2014, with a foreword by former Oklahoma governor Frank Keating), he picks up the story with Oklahoma's statehood celebration in 1907 and concludes at the dawn of the 21st century. The most consistent theme throughout the 20th century is the resilience of community banking. Blending the methods of history and sociology, Hightower has written lively and insightful books about his native state's journey from frontier scarcity to inclusion in national networks of banking and commerce.

Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood was a non-fiction finalist in the Oklahoma Center for the Book's 2013 awards competition.

Available in hardcover from the Oklahoma History Center gift shop and your favorite independent bookseller and in hardcover and ebook from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood  Barnes&Noble   Amazon

Banking in Oklahoma, 1907-2000   Barnes&Noble  Amazon  

The Pattersons: A Novel

Pattersons-cover.jpgEllen Fletcher left an environmental law practice to marry Marshall Patterson, heir to an oil-and-gas exploration company rooted in the energy and optimism of the frontier. Much to the consternation of his family, Marshall's academic interests seem certain to put him in the classroom rather than the boardroom. But at the height of his youthful ambitions, Marshall suffers an accident that causes him to abandon his dreams and accept his fate as a reluctant executive. Over the years, privilege takes its toll not only on Marshall, but also on his wife and children who come to understand the terrible cost of unfulfilled ambition. 

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MJH.jpg MICHAEL J. HIGHTOWER, PhD taught sociology at the University of Virginia and Washington and Lee University en route to becoming an author and historian. As a descendant of pioneer businessmen in the Oklahoma Territory and one-time cowboy in the Southwest, he researches and writes about the history of the American frontier, banking, and commerce.