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Nominations for the Oklahoma Reads Oklahoma Book for 2004

The Burning
by Tim Madigan

St. Martin's Press

2001, pp. 320
trade paperback
ISBN 0312302479
$13.95

“No longer were the Greenwood survivors afraid. No longer was it necessary to speak about the burning only at night. . .”

Investigation of the 1921 race riot in Tulsa has inspired a number of books in recent years. Madigan’s work details the state of race relations in early twentieth-century America that led to both the amazing creation and devastating destruction of the Greenwood neighborhood, the country’s “Black Wall Street.” The book is based on interviews with survivors and facts culled from the state’s riot commission.

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"Such chilling detail and clarity that one can almost smell the smoke and hear the cries. This is historical reporting at its best."
—Larry Cox, Arizona Daily Star

"The Burning is a bold and worthwhile beginning. With its richness of horrifying detail, the book compels our attention, restoring the hateful episode's ghastly but necessary claim on the public conscience."
Morning Star-Telegram

"Mr. Madigan spins a moving story. . . a compelling work that brings its characters to life."
Dallas Morning News

"A sobering, frightening account of what happens when that foul beast, racism, breaks its fragile leash."
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Madigan provides a riveting account of one of the most shameful episodes in the troubled history of race relations in the United States. This cultural and sociological dissection of a twentieth-century tragedy makes difficult but compelling reading."
Booklist

"Madigan's skill at description, dialogue, and pacing keeps the reader's interest at peak levels."
Publishers Weekly

"Truly an eye-opening book, this is essential reading for anyone struggling to understand race relations in America."
Library Journal

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About the Author

Tim Madigan is an award-winning writer with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who in both 1996 and 1997 was named Texas Reporter of the Year in the state's most prestigious journalism competition. He is the author of See No Evil: Blind Devotion and Bloodshed in David Koresh's Holy War.

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