The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea

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 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...

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Title:The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
Author:Jack E. Davis
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ISBN:087140866X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:608 pages

The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea Reviews

  • Lee Irby
    Jan 06, 2017
    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...
  • Beth
    Mar 27, 2017
    Choosing read this later this year....
  • Randall Harrison
    Apr 19, 2017
    Interesting subject matter; painted with a broad brush. Sometimes Davis goes a little too far into the weeds on certain matters, e.g., the housing development and associated environmental degradation. Regardless, Davis deserves commendation for undertaking such a deep dive and producing what should ...
  • Peter
    Apr 08, 2017
    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 masterpie...
  • Dan
    Apr 16, 2017
    A wealth of information about the Gulf of Mexico worth reading and enjoying....
  • Jan P
    Apr 18, 2017
    Fascinating. Eye opening. Frightening. Heartbreaking. Haunting. ...
  • Glenn
    Apr 25, 2017
    Enjoyed the historical look. We have not been great stewards of this body of water. ...
  • Deb Stransky
    Apr 29, 2017
    I was in the mood to read about the water that surrounds us. Just finished reading about the Great Lakes now I just finished the book about the Gulf of Mexico. The book gave history of the Gulf and present day abuse of the waters. The amazing fact was at the turn of the century fisherman were catchi...
  • Tom Rose
    May 04, 2017
    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 req...