Bob Burke has authored more books about Oklahoma than anyone in history. He was born in Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and now practices law and writes books in Oklahoma City. Burke graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Oklahoma and a law degree from Oklahoma City University. He served as director of a large state agency in the administration of Governor David L. Boren and managed Boren's first campaign for the United States Senate in 1978. Burke has written on such diverse topics as baseball, aviation, and religion in Oklahoma. His biography of Wiley Post and a book on the history of baseball in Oklahoma each received awards from Oklahoma Center for the Book. His biography on Bryce Harlow was a Pulitzer Prize nominee and was named Oklahoma History Book of the Year by the Oklahoma Historical Society. Burke's community service is extensive. He has served or currently serves on the governing boards of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, Jim Thorpe Association, Oklahoma Heritage Association, Oklahoma Arts Council, Red Earth, and on the executive committee of Oklahoma City University's President's Council.
Journalism Degree, University of Oklahoma; Law Degree, Oklahoma City University
Born and raised in Oklahoma, authors books about Oklahomans and on Oklahoma topics.
BOOKS: Ralph Ellison: A Biography; The Stories and Speeches of Lyle H. Boren; Allie Reynolds: Super Chief; Old man River: The Life of Ray Ackerman; American Jurist: The Life of Alfred P. Murrah; Roscoe Dunjee: Champion of Civil Rights; Law & Laughter: The Life of Lee West; Corn, Cattle & Moonshine: Hochatown, OK; From Oklahoma to Eternity: Wiley Post and the Winnie Mae; Out from the Shadows: The Life of John J. Harden; A Passion for Equality: The Life of Jimmy Stewart; Abe Lemons: Court Magician; Glory Days of Summer: The History of Baseball in Oklahoma; Bryce Harlow: Mr. Integrity; Good Guys Wear White Hats: The Life of George Nigh; Kate Barnard: Oklahoma's Good Angel; Alice Robertson: Congresswoman from Oklahoma; Victor Wickersham: Your Best Friend; Historic Oklahoma: An Illustrated History; Justice Served: The Life of Alma Bell Wilson; The House Oklahoma Built: A History of the Oklahoma Governor's Mansion
with Dave Gillogly. Bob Funk: Doctor of Hope. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2007.
with Eric Dabney. Willie of the Valley: The Life of Bill Paul. Oklahoma City, OK: Oklahoma Heritage Association, 2007.
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