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John J. Dwyer (Author)

The Oklahomans, Vol.2: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People: Statehood-2020s

The Oklahomans, Vol.2: The Story of Oklahoma and Its People: Statehood-2020s

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Hardback
9780985347079
Available
05/17/2022
Red River Press
WORLD
8.5 X 11 in
656 pg

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THE OKLAHOMANS: THE STORY OF OKLAHOMA AND ITS PEOPLE, Vol. 1, won the national Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western literature.

This thrillingly-awaited sequel chronicles Oklahoma history from statehood into the 2020s.

Dr. James Caster, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Central Oklahoma, describes Vol. 2 as “Monumental…epic…hypnotically readable.” 

Indeed, the drama in OKLAHOMANS 2 grows more intense, the inspiration more mighty about a people who are both hard and lovely, violent and tender, foolish and valorous, and a land of the second, third, sometimes last chance. 

Feast on more than 600 pages of page-turning drama from an author who is both an award-winning historical novelist and was a college history professor for 16 years, as well as 800 illustrations from Oklahoma’s greatest artists and photographers. Feel the scalding flames of Greenwood, choke on the Dust Bowl, liberate Dachau with the Thunderbirds, brave the Pacific in search of freedom from Communism, feel the world shake as the Murrah Building collapses around you, and shield your students with your body as an F-5 blows down your school on you and them. 

OKLAHOMANS 2 also features a groundbreaking new literary bonus for students, teachers, and history buffs eager to dig deeper—more than 200 QR-coded biographical and narrative passages in which your smart device leads you directly to expanded, unabridged versions of them on our johnjdwyer.com website. These are in addition to scores of John’s own Oklahoma History podcasts, blogs, articles, videos, interviews, and PowerPoints that already reside at johnjdwyer.com And you pay nothing for any of this! 

Also, like OKLAHOMANS 1, the new book will feature a comprehensive study guide for teachers and students.

Dr. Bob Blackburn, longtime Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, called OKLAHOMANS 1, which chronicled ancient times through statehood, “The best book on Oklahoma History ever.” Concerning the OKLAHOMANS series, he declared, “Every generation of Oklahomans needs their own recounting of Oklahoma history. This is ours. Well done.”

John J. Dwyer
Author Bio

"Detailed, heroically ambitious history of our state."
--The Oklahoman

"As fine a treatment of the subject and period as we are likely to witness in our lifetime."
--James Caster, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Central Oklahoma

"A remarkable book. The difference between Dwyer and other historians is that he doesn't just tell what happened, he shows why people did what they did. Every generation of Oklahomans needs their own recounting of Oklahoma history. This is ours."
--Bob Blackburn, Executive Director, Oklahoma Historical Society

"To undertake such a task of compiling an accurate history of a people or land spanning centuries is a daunting task. To do so in a manner that is not only factual, but also enjoyable to read is another matter altogether. With precise detail and compelling story-telling enhanced by beautiful illustrations, informative maps and priceless photographs, John J. Dwyer presents the inspiring story of Oklahoma and its people in the first volume of The Oklahomans.
--Tulsa World

"Students of Oklahoma history and those ex-patriots now located throughout the country will find Dwyer's work inspiring."
--Norman Transcript

"A wonderful read--clearly written, copiously illustrated, objective in research and presentation."
--William Murchison, nationally syndicated columnist and former senior editor, Dallas Morning News

"Magnificent, luminous chronicle of the epic history of Oklahoma. Every family in the state should have it."
--KVOO Radio

"A masterpiece. A vivid account of the diverse people (whose) distinct sacrifices and aspirations collided and formed a state defined by grit, conflict, and unbridled optimism."
--KGOU Radio

"This attractively designed history of the Sooner state is sure to provide even the most serious scholar information not previously known. I could not recommend it more highly."
--Loren Gresham, President, Southern Nazarene University

"An incredible trove of maps and drawings and visuals of all kinds, vivid and colorful. John Dwyer has written a wonderful story."
--Frank Keating, former Governor of Oklahoma, from the foreword

"Engaging reading and new imagery I've not seen before. I am enthralled with what Dwyer has accomplished.
--William D. Welge, Director, Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation, Oklahoma Historical Society

"John Dwyer has done a magnificent job of expressing the essence of the Oklahoma spirit, but has done so in a captivating and interesting manner."
--Mike E. O'Neal, President Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University, and Chancellor, University of Rwanda

"Oklahomans can read this book with pride as we discover our heritage. Others will be amazed that this simple state on the Southern plains has such a colorful and rich history.
--Mark Braisher, Executive Vice President and Academic Dean, Randall University
Review text - — THE OKLAHOMAN

A detailed and heroically ambitious history of our state.

— THE OKLAHOMAN

Review text - — TULSA WORLD

To undertake such a task of compiling an accurate history of a people or land spanning centuries is a daunting task. To do so in a manner that is not only factual, but also enjoyable to read is another matter altogether. With precise detail and compelling story-telling enhanced by beautiful illustrations, informative maps and priceless photographs, John J. Dwyer presents the inspiring story of Oklahoma and its people.

— TULSA WORLD

Review text - —William Murchison, former Senior Editor, DALLAS MORNING NEWS

How do I know there's a God? Because, for one thing, he keeps raising up eloquent, decisive champions of the faith: the likes of John Dwyer. A born communicator, John brings Christian conviction and learning, and with it a gentle humility, to literary tasks great and small.

—William Murchison, former Senior Editor, 

     DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Review text - —Gwin Faulconer-Lippert, KTOK/iHeartRadio

THE OKLAHOMANS Vol. 2 continues John J. Dwyer’s masterful recognition of  connecting Oklahoma’s past to its present. The format of this book weaves a golden thread from yesterday to today, captivating readers while sharing our stories with the next generation. He has a compelling way of “making sense” of our lives today based on what we have lived through and lived for and continuing our journey forward. Well ahead of his time, he respectively tells the stories of all Oklahomans, from the perspective of our many races, colors and creeds. Dwyer creates a unique understanding of our heritage and who we are, based on all who live here.

—Gwin Faulconer-Lippert, KTOK/iHeartRadio

Review text - — Mike O’Neal, Chancellor, University of Rwanda, President Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University

John Dwyer has done a magnificent job of expressing the essence of the Oklahoma spirit, but in a captivating and interesting manner. A must read for Oklahoma students and citizens to understand the roots of who they have become—and to avoid the proverbial “those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.” I highly recommend THE OKLAHOMANS.

— Mike O’Neal, Chancellor, University of Rwanda,        

     President Emeritus, Oklahoma Christian University

Review text - —NORMAN TRANSCRIPT

Students of Oklahoma history and those ex-patriots now located throughout the country will find Dwyer’s work inspiring.

Review text - —William D. Welge, Director, Office of American Indian Culture and Preservation, Oklahoma Historical Society

I am most impressed by the format, color, ample photographs, documents, art, and maps that illustrate Volume One of THE OKLAHOMANS. This is engaging reading and new imagery I’ve not seen before. I especially like the timelines at the beginning of each chapter. Very well done. I am enthralled with what Dwyer has accomplished.

—William D. Welge, Director, Office of American    

Indian Culture and Preservation, Oklahoma    

Historical Society