"This unflinching look at Oklahoma’s singular past helpfully fills in lesser-known aspects of the historical record."—Publishers Weekly
"The Great Oklahoma Swindle shows that Oklahoma's story is all-American in a compressed timeline. That Cobb stands toe to toe with his state and never blinks makes this project a compelling read."—Matt Sutherland, Foreword Reviews
"The Great Oklahoma Swindle is a selective window to the historical and cultural geographies of the wider American South and southern Plains. . . . For the geographer and layperson alike, it is an outstanding, timely, and accessible primer for better understanding how much the U.S. is shaped by the converging legacies of neoliberal governance, settler colonialism, and systemic racism. Loving a place is not always easy, but Russell Cobb’s The Great Oklahoma Swindle sets an exemplary and thought-provoking model for other writers to follow in the twenty-first century American scene."—Robert Briwa, Journal of Geography
“Russell Cobb has done for his hometown of Tulsa and state of Oklahoma what James Joyce did for his Dublin and Ireland in Ulysses, populated with unforgettable characters. Cobb accomplishes this through storytelling, every page glowing with truth and compassion.”—Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie
“The Great Oklahoma Swindle is that rarest thing: a treasure well gotten. Cobb has all the gifts of a storyteller, a journalist, an ethicist, and an anthropologist. The substance of the book is modern tragedy, but the sense of the book is the joy of heartfelt inquiry and analysis.”—Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors
The Great Oklahoma Swindle should be required reading for every citizen of the state, especially schoolchildren. As a human geographer and writer of history, I am truly impressed by how Cobb has unwrapped the exaggerations, stereotypes, and hidden history of Oklahoma to present a refreshingly accurate account of this puzzling place that I love, warts and all.”—Michael Wallis, best-selling author of The Best Land under Heaven: The Donner Party in the Age of Manifest Destiny
“A swindle is a fraudulent scheme or action taken by those with the intention of using deception to deprive someone of money or possessions, sometimes just dignity. Russell Cobb has penned one of the most direct, frank, rough, rustic, reasoned, and realistic approaches to a deep dark side of what was intended to be deep dark secrets at the core of Oklahoma’s red soil, red soul, and redneck essence with regard to its grit, greed, grandeur, and contrived gravitas, based in faith, farce, and fraud. I found it profoundly and profanely revealing and educational. It should be required reading for every serious student of history or those who love the truth regardless of how painful or pitiful the honest truth can be.”—Rev. Carlton Pearson, progressive spiritual teacher and author of The Gospel of Inclusion, the subject of the Netflix film Come Sunday?