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Banking in Oklahoma




Dr. Michael J. 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 next 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 with the Y2 scare of the late 1990s. Hightower's most recent book (2 Cities Press, 2015) tells the remarkable story of how Gene and David Rainbolt assembled banks to create one of the state's most successful enterprises: the BancFirst Corporation.

The Oklahoma Historical Society selected Banking in Oklahoma, 1907-2000 as the outstanding book about Oklahoma history published in 2014. It made the Oklahoman's non-fiction bestseller list on June 7, 2015, based on sales at Best of Books in Edmond, Brace Books in Ponca City, and Full Circle in Oklahoma City.

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

Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood  Barnes&Noble   Amazon

Banking in Oklahoma, 1907-2000   Barnes&Noble  Amazon  

Loyal to Oklahoma: The BancFirst Story  Full Circle Bookstore, Oklahoma City

The Pattersons: A Novel (paperback and ebook, 2 Cities Press, 2012)

Pattersons-cover.jpgEllen Fletcher left an environmental law practice to marry Marshall Patterson, heir to an oil-and-gas 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 family who come to realize the 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.