The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea

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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.6 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Jack E. Davis is professor of history and the Rothman Family Endowed Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida. He is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea, and the author or editor of several books, including An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century.

A sensitive and sturdy work of environmental history. . . . [Davis] has a well-stocked mind, and frequently views the history of the Gulf through the prism of artists and writers including Winslow Homer, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald. His prose is supple and clear. . . . A cri de coeur about the Gulf's environmental ruin.--Dwight Garner
A wide-ranging, well-told story, by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of 'America's Sea.'--Gerard Helferich
An incisive, comprehensive and entertaining portrait of the world's most diverse and productive marine ecosystems--from its lusty birth in the chaos of shifting continental plates to its slow and agonizing death of a million cuts inflicted by oil and gas extractors, dredge-and-fill operators, 'condo-canyon' developers, industrial-scale fishers, fertilizer-dependent farmers, chemical plant entrepreneurs, love-it-to-death snow birds and so many more. . . . Amid all of the pollution and exploitation, this could easily have been a grim history of 'Paradise Lost.' But in Davis' skilled hands it as much love story as tragedy.--Ron Cunningham
Jack Davis has delivered a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written: how humanity and the environment evolved over ten millennia as a single system.--Edward O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth
This vast and well-told story shows how we made the Gulf of Mexico, in particular, into what local activists have begun to call a 'national sacrifice zone, ' at enormous cost to its residents of all species. It's a sobering tale, and one hopes that reading it will help us hit bottom and acknowledge the need to change.--Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
An astonishing work of environmental history, sweeping in its narrative scope while also being wonderfully intimate in its richness of detail. The march of history and the vibrancy of place live on its every page, and the environmental story it tells could not make for more urgent reading in these perilous times.--Darcy Frey, Harvard University
Steering seamlessly between nature writing and historical narrative, Davis offers an elegant epic of how America's relationship with the Gulf of Mexico defines our character and our future.--Cynthia Barnett, author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History
With the narrative force of the Gulf Stream, Jack E. Davis takes readers to an unforgettable geography of wonders, oddities, and characters famous and unknown. Davis's writing shimmers with salt haze, delights like a flock of pelicans, and threatens like oil on a white sand beach. If you thought you knew the Gulf, guess again. If this is your introduction to it, lucky you.--Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Engineering Eden and Nature Noir
[A] magnificent chronicle of the Gulf of Mexico. . . . A work of astonishing breadth: richly peopled, finely structured, beautifully written. It should appeal equally to Gulf coast residents and snowbirds, students of environmental history, and general readers.--Robert Eagan
Vivid. . . . As Davis demonstrates in this absorbing narrative, the history of the Gulf teaches us that nature is most generous whenever we respect its sovereignty.--Henry L. Carrigan
A perceptive historical survey of America's Gulf Coast, this fascinating work accents the region's nexus between nature and civilization. . . . Marked by thorough knowledge and fluid writing, this work will enhance any collection of American and environmental history.--Gilbert Taylor
Comprehensive and thoroughly researched. . . . Davis makes the convincing argument that wiser, far-sighted practices--including those aimed at combating climate change--could help the Gulf region to remain a bastion of resources for the foreseeable future.
The Gulf starts with the geology of plate tectonics, proceeds through Indian settlements before the arrivals of Europeans, advances to hurricanes, the Dead Zone, and oil pollution, then analyzes the future. And it does all this very, very well. Books which attempt such comprehensive treatments of a subject are too often, as the saying goes, a mile wide and an inch deep. This book is 1,000 miles wide and 10,000 feet deep. It's an extraordinary achievement.--John M Barry, author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza
The Gulf takes on troubling environmental issues with a lyrical voice and a steady appreciation of history.--Mark Kurlansky, author of Paper: Paging Through History