The Gulf: The Making Of An American Sea
- American History
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The Gulf epic
Bound by geography, culture, and tradition to our national experience, the Gulf of Mexico is "America's sea." Jack E. Davis places this exceptional region into the American mythos in a sweeping work that extends from the age of the conquistadors to the present day.
Exploring both its natural wonder and our human connection with the sea, Davis recounts an astounding narrative-the sport fish that brought the earliest tourists, Hollywood's role in the first offshore oil wells, the presidents who directed western expansion toward its shores, and the industries that sent their contamination into the estuarine wonderland.
Revealing both its beauty and its ruin, Davis reminds us that the Gulf is an ongoing story central to the American experience.
"Like its subject, The Gulf is big, beautiful, and beguiling. Meticulously researched and sparklingly written, it is also a cautionary tale about a paradise ill-served by humankind."-William Souder, author of On a Farther Shore
"All the world was once as stunning and fertile as, say, present-day Alaska. But 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
"A very good book, Jack E. Davis' 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
About the Author
Jack E. Davis is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he grew up on the Gulf coast, and now lives in Florida and New Hampshire.
Additional Book Details
|Release Date:||March 14, 2017|