To be sure, Oklahoma is a land of contrasts. Within the state one can find red necks and blue bloods, pickups and polo ponies, beer joints and country clubs, fiery preachers and pagans, rodeo and ballet. Oklahoma is the nation’s great mixing bowl.
Yet all too often even native-born Oklahomans lose their sense of place and the land misplaces its sense of rhythm. Without rhythm, there can be no balance. In Oklahoma: A Sense of Place, best-selling author Michael Wallis reminds us that it is important to know all of our history — good, bad, and ugly. In his compelling story of early adventurers, wisdom seekers, outlaws, and risk takers are lessons for everyone, whether they reside in Oklahoma or not. For, in the end, all readers must finally ask if they have their own sense of place.
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About the Author
A best-selling author and award-winning reporter, Michael is a historian and biographer of the American West who also has gained international notoriety as a speaker and voice talent. In 2006 Michael's distinctive voice was heard in Cars, an animated feature film from Pixar Studios, also featuring Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, and George Carlin. Michael is also featured in Cars 2, a sequel to the original motion picture released in 2011.
A storyteller who likes nothing better than transporting audiences across time and space, Michael has published seventeen books, including Route 66: The Mother Road, the book credited with sparking the resurgence of interest in the highway. In 2011, Michael's latest works were published -- David Crockett: The Lion of the West, and The Wild West 365.
Other Wallis books include The Real Wild West: The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the American West; Mankiller: A Chief and Her People; Way Down Yonder In The Indian Nation; and Pretty Boy: The Life and Times of Charles Arthur Floyd. His work has been published in hundreds of national and international magazines and newspapers, including Time, Life, People, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.
Michael has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and was also a nominee for the National Book Award. He has won many other prestigious honors, such as the Will Rogers Spirit Award, the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma Book Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book, and the Best Western Non-fiction Award from the Western Writers of America.
For further information about Michael Wallis, visit http://www.michaelwallis.com.