Independent Historian and Biographer
Michael J. Hightower earned his doctorate in Sociology from the University of Virginia before launching his career as an independent historian and biographer. He has written eight books, including the two-volume Banking in Oklahoma (OU Press, 2013, 2014), and 1889: The Boomer Movement, the Land Run, and Early Oklahoma City (OU Press, 2018), a profoundly American story that posits central Indian Territory (later, central Oklahoma) as a battleground of competing interests and crucible of Gilded-Age politics. His most recent book, slated for publication in the summer of 2021, is At War with Corruption: A Biography of Bill Price, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Price spearheaded prosecutions in the most extensive public corruption case in FBI history before running unsuccessfully for governor and Congress. For more information, visit Michael's website, http://www.michaeljhightower.com/.