Books That Inspire 2008

Historical Atlas of Oklahoma, Fourth Edition
Charles Robert Goins and Danney Goble

I know how special and wonderful Oklahoma is. I have lived here all of my life and am married to a 5th generation Oklahoman. I know many things about this state, but the new Historical Atlas of Oklahoma puts at my fingertips the details and facts that casual knowledge never approaches. This book leaves me amazed and delighted at Oklahoma’s beauty, rich history and resilient people. Am I inspired? Yes. Am I humbled by what it took to get where we are today? Certainly. The authors, cartographers, and contributors to this fourth edition accepted a great challenge in updating and greatly enlarging the atlas. They are to be commended for their hard work and dedication. Oklahoma is blessed with great variety in its geography, its natural resources, and its people, and the book tells this story in words, pictures, illustrations, and maps that go far beyond one’s image of an atlas. The rich brown cover sets off a beautiful photo of an Oklahoma sunset alive with the pinks of the sky, purple mountains, and bright yellow wildflowers in full bloom. The horizontal layout makes the book comfortable to hold and its large and colorful illustrations, photographs, charts and maps greatly help convey the facts. Atlas topics range from ancient history, geology and geography, the economy and culture, to how Oklahoma was populated by different groups of people. The story of the Native Americans is told by tribe, and maps show the long paths many took to Oklahoma. This is a page-turner; one you can’t wait to pick up and browse again. It is a book you read aloud to people and one you talk about at work. From outlaws and actors to artists and astronauts, country singers to ballerinas, the state’s story is told. There is a lot to read. There is a lot to look at.

Connie G. Smith
Marketing / PR Specialist
Oklahoma Geological Survey