The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea by Jack E. Davis

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

By Jack E. Davis

  • Release Date: 2017-03-14
  • Genre: Nature
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Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for History
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
A National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction Finalist
A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
One of the Washington Post's Best Books of the Year

In this “cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin” (New York Times), “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea” (front page, New York Times Book Review).
Hailed as a “nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic” (Dallas Morning News), Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea’ ” (Wall Street Journal). Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and welltold story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone’ ” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written” (Edward O. Wilson).

Reviews

  • Brilliant writing, Incredible history

    5
    By Handakina
    Jack E. Davis has written an incredible book about the past and current history of the Gulf of Mexico. There are not enough words to describe his brilliant historical story telling and helping us understand that the Gulf truly is America’s sea. Readers will also want to watch Professor Davis on C-Span discuss this important book. Quite simply, Davis’s book should be required reading for all Americans. (Maybe even read in conjunction with Martin Doyle’s book, The Source, about the history of America’s rivers.) The Calusa would be proud of Jack Davis.

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