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The Gulf The Making of An American Sea When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico he was struck by its special kind of providence Indeed the Gulf presented itself as America s sea bound by geography culture and tra

  • Title: The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
  • Author: Jack E. Davis
  • ISBN: 9780871408662
  • Page: 389
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea By Jack E. Davis, When painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its special kind of providence Indeed, the Gulf presented itself as America s sea bound by geography, culture, and tradition to the national experience and yet, there has never been a comprehensive history of the Gulf until now And so, in this rich and original work that explores the GulfWhen painter Winslow Homer first sailed into the Gulf of Mexico, he was struck by its special kind of providence Indeed, the Gulf presented itself as America s sea bound by geography, culture, and tradition to the national experience and yet, there has never been a comprehensive history of the Gulf until now And so, in this rich and original work that explores the Gulf through our human connection with the sea, environmental historian Jack E Davis finally places this exceptional region into the American mythos in a sweeping history that extends from the Pleistocene age to the twenty first century.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 Davis starts from the premise that nature lies at the center of human existence, and 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, profoundly beautiful and life giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real estate developers.Rich in vivid, previously untold stories, The Gulf tells the larger narrative of the American Sea from the sportfish that brought the earliest tourists to Gulf shores to Hollywood s engagement with the first offshore oil wells as it inspired and empowered, sometimes to its own detriment, the ethnically diverse groups of a growing nation Davis pageant of historical characters is vast, including the presidents who directed western expansion toward its shores, the New England fishers who introduced their own distinct skills to the region, and the industries and big agriculture that sent their contamination downstream into the estuarine wonderland Nor does Davis neglect the colorfully idiosyncratic individuals the Tabasco king who devoted his life to wildlife conservation, the Texas shrimper who gave hers to clean water and public health, as well as the New York architect who hooked the big one that set the sportfishing world on fire.Ultimately, Davis reminds us that amidst the ruin, beauty awaits its return, as the Gulf is, and has always been, an ongoing story Sensitive to the imminent effects of climate change, and to the difficult task of rectifying grievous assaults of recent centuries, The Gulf suggests how a penetrating examination of a single region s history can inform the country s path ahead.

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    1. What a brilliant, deeply researched, beautifully written book this is I ve lived on or near the Gulf of Mexico almost all my life, and covered environmental issues in Florida for 20 years, and still this book taught me a lot that I did not know My hat s off to University of Florida professor Jack E Davis for this stunning achievement, and highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about the Gulf or its coastline.Davis starts off the book in an unusual way, showing us how painter Winslow Home [...]

    2. I managed to procure an advanced copy of this breathtaking book and it is brilliant and important work highly academic yet completely accessible and filled with the kinds of insightful vignettes that Davis was a keen eye for This body of water defines the lives of millions of people, and here is a work that manages to capture the complexity and contrasts of an American tragedy in the making It reads like a novel a very fine novel Davis is one of the finest writers of prose in the English languag [...]

    3. Gulf the Making of an American Sea 2017 is Jack E Davis s history of the Gulf of Mexico, a body of water overlooked in most histories of America s growth and of growth s consequences Davis, a professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, has written a masterpiece For those of us who live in the southwest Florida, the Gulf is an all important body of water, and Davis s history is both relevant and enlightening The book is filled with information new to many of us, and it is wri [...]

    4. Along the same lines as the Atlantic and Pacific books by Simon Winchester, this book by Jack E Davis tackles the history of the Gulf of Mexico from Aboriginal settlement, European exploration and often devastation to modern day growth, over growth and ultimately pollution.I loved the historic tales of the bounty of fish within the Gulf and the irony of European explorers starving and resorting to cannibalism as they sight to oppress the savages who had grown strong on the local catch.And as usu [...]

    5. The Gulf of Mexico used to be a bounteous habitat of sea life and birds, but the oil industry, pollution, and overfishing have changed that, according to the author Davis is an engaging writer, but the last half of the book is a drag to get through Also, this is a book about the northern Gulf he doesn t explore the southern Mexican coast.

    6. The Gulf is a lengthy work on one of the world s great natural resources Davis covers all aspects of this American sea cultural history, natural history, ecology, and destruction The history is first rate as he discusses the Gulf s exploration by Europeans and their interactions with the indigenous populations The natural history is wonderful, too, as Davis describes the birds, fish, mollusks, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals that inhabit the Gulf s varied ecological zones He concludes the book [...]

    7. I found this book after reading THE DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES when I went looking for other books by Dan Egan I didn t find any other Egan titles but I noticed that the same publisher, W W.Norton and Company had recently published a book about the Gulf of Mexico The public library, at my request, graciously purchased a copy.An excellent book looking at the natural and cultural history of the Gulf A quick heads up this book deals only glancingly with the Deepwater Horizon disaster You wil [...]

    8. This comprehensive study of human activity on and around the Gulf of Mexico is a valuable addition to scholarship Further, it will delight all persons with any connection by birth or geography to the Gulf I lived near the Gulf in Mobile until my twenties, and many of my family and friends still claim that connection to the waterfront My list of persons for whom this book would be a treasured gift keeps growing Davis also traced the growth of an environmental consciousness among people who make t [...]

    9. Excellent read All you ever wanted to know about the history of the Gulf of Mexico and its surrounding coastline Not a happy read but illuminating and sometimes depressing in that the Gulf waters and its shoreline surroundings are being destroyed But there are some silver linings But not enough of them Please read this book Every citizen can do something to help save the Coast Stop fertilizing your lawn for starters Really Loved this book Kudos to Jack Davis

    10. Interesting Pays homage to Braudel s Mediterranean using the Gulf of Mexico as the subject Different and enjoyable Somewhat leftist slant to be expected of American educators today Certain sections are pretty thin, particularly chapters that focus on individuals If I have to read one , so and so is the real deal ugh.

    11. FABULOUS BOOK beautifully and clearly written with an emphasis on environmental history about the states that abut and those that drain into the Gulf The chapters on fish and birds are phenomenal, and despite all the horrors to destroy the Gulf, Jack Davis ends on a hopeful note This should be required reading for every high school and college student in Florida.

    12. Really good book The history is given in great detail, as is the explanation of everything humans have done to wreak havoc on the land and animals If you weren t an environmentalist before reading this, you probably will be afterwards.

    13. Highly informative Detailed Entertaining The last section regarding the workings of the American government and corporations was interesting and highly infuriating However like the man said, if you re not pissed by now you haven t been paying attention.

    14. 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, profoundly beautiful and life giving, though fated to exploitation by esurient oil men and real estate developers.

    15. As before The postings and design of this website are arcane to the max.As I said before this is a must read for all those interested in American natural and cultural history.

    16. Too too much on development of the coast, birds, and silt Pacific by Winchester is a much better, fun read.

    17. This is shock full of history about the Gulf of Mexico from Columbis to the pr sent Good time to read this now either storms

    18. Interesting history of the GulfThe author did a very good job in providing the history of the gulf and the different people who have played a part of its history.

    19. So much research went into this book The anthropological and environmental history is presented in a very readable, enlightening and enjoyable text.

    20. Interesting learned a lot about the early history of the region like Spanish Florida The recent history was kind of depressing Good book though.

    21. By no means, beach reading , this book should be compulsory reading for anyone who loves the beach and the sea

    22. Excellent history, and current lessons, of the gulf Presented realistically with an environmentalist s slant Well worth reading Everyone who lives in a gulf coast state should read and heed.

    23. I discovered this book in a bookstore called Downtown Books in Applachicola, Florida If I had unlimited resources, I would put a copy in every condo from Key West to Corpus Christi a Gideon Bible for everyone who has ever been drawn to Gulf waters, beaches, or t shirt shops.Ostensibly a history of America s southern coast, the book is a dialogue with Gulf residents and visitors from the past five centuries from the Calusa and Conquistadors to today s spring breakers and FEMA workers The book lea [...]

    24. I loved this book I live about a mile 3 miles from Santa Rosa Sound and a football field s length from Escambia Bay I love the Gulf of Mexico and my family has been inhabiting the Pensacola area since 1960 This book was eye opening and easy to follow considering the vast about of time and geography it covers The theme is, unchecked Capitalism is bad for nature Basically, it is a summary of the Anthropocene Extinction in the Gulf of Mexico Sometimes it felt like there was too much about fishing b [...]

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