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 Great Recession of 2008.
Banking in Oklahoma, 1907-2000 was selected as the 2014 Outstanding Book on Oklahoma History by the Oklahoma Historical Society. It made the Oklahoman's non-fiction bestseller list in June 2015.
Banking in Oklahoma before Statehood was a non-fiction finalist in the Oklahoma Center for the Book's 2013 awards competition.
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Banking in Oklahoma, 1907-2000 Barnes&Noble Amazon
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.
Loyal to Oklahoma: The BancFirst Story Available at Full Circle Bookstore and OHS Gift Shop, Oklahoma City; Brace Books and More, Ponca City.
The Pattersons: A Novel (paperback and ebook, 2 Cities Press, 2012)
Ellen 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.