The Gulf

The Gulf

The Making of An American Sea

Book - 2017
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Significant beyond tragic oil spills and hurricanes, the Gulf has historically been one of the world's most bounteous marine environments, supporting human life for millennia. Based on the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, Davis takes readers on a compelling and, at times, wrenching journey from the Florida Keys to the Texas Rio Grande, along marshy shorelines and majestic estuarine bays, both beautiful and life-giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real-estate developers. Davis shares previously untold stories, parading a vast array of historical characters past our view: sports-fishermen, presidents, Hollywood executives, New England fishers, the Tabasco king, a Texas shrimper, and a New York architect who caught the "big one". Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying the assaults of recent centuries, this book suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region's history can inform the country's path ahead. -- adapted from book jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780871408662
087140866X
Branch Call Number: 976 DAVIS
Characteristics: x, 592 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm

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mikearmstrong149
May 29, 2019

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LauraMcShaneCLE
Dec 18, 2018

Great read that encourages me to visit this part of the United States. I confess complete ignorance about the Gulf states. The author recounts some of the conquests that brought about the demise of native peoples like the Calusa. It's a sad history. Author winner of 2018 Pulitzer for history https://www.pulitzer.org/prize-winners-by-year/2018

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