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The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea (2018 original; edició 2017)

de Jack E. Davis (Autor)

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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. --… (més)
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Títol:The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea
Autors:Jack E. Davis (Autor)
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5724. The Gulf The Making of an American Sea, by Jack E. Davis (read 12 Dec 2020) (Pulitzer History prize for 2018) This is the 57th winner of the Pulitzer History prize which I have read. Which seems lot quite a few, but 93 books have won that prize, so I will not get all of them read. This one I did not find unfailingly interesting, For one thing, it jumped around a lot and I prefer my history to begin at the beginning and go to the end. This book did begin at the beginning but wandered around, back and forth. It spent lots of pages showing the mistakes made with the environment, up to the present. Since the 2011 explosion was a major event I thought it would be given a full account, but it was not really set out as to what happened though it was glancingly referred to. Some of the history related was of interest but I often read not very interesting stuff not very pertinent, I thought, to the history of the Gulf of Mexico. It does seem clear that money or profit was often allowed to be more significant than the effect on the environment. ( )
  Schmerguls | Dec 12, 2020 |
Written by an environmental historian, The Gulf tells the stories of the impact the Gulf of Mexico has had on America, but more so on the impacts Americans have had on the Gulf. As the book progresses through it's 530 pages and reaches the twentieth century, the story takes on a grimmer tone as those impacts become more and more detrimental.

The book is divided into four parts, and progresses from the days of the conquistadors up to the present day. I really enjoyed the history and was saddened (and maddened) by the chronicling of our agriculture and industry's impacts on the Gulf in the second half of the book.

This reminded me a lot of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, which I read a couple of years back, but in that book the focus is more directly on man's impact on nature, and is more reportorial, whereas this book takes a broader, historian's view. ( )
  stevrbee | Nov 7, 2020 |
A good read throughout, an excellent read sometimes. Good history and stories. ( )
  ebethe | Jun 12, 2020 |
Interesting start but becoming tedious ( )
  ibkennedy | Aug 5, 2019 |
The Gulf is that awkward kind of history, about a large body of water that in the worse form can amount to a collection of trivia and an authors travelogue. But Jack E. Davis (professor of History, U of FL) takes the task seriously and provides something more substantial and unforgettable. There are micro-histories about individual towns and islands, environmental histories of mango forests and fisheries, and biographies of artists and explorers. The Gulf itself is the main character stretching from South Texas to Key West it emerges in distinct form in beautiful prose. The story moves chronologically through time describing the abundance followed by the fall post World War II and the ongoing environmental calamity brought on by unimpeded growth. One only has to view Google Maps in places like Coral Gables to see what hath been wrought, once a lush mango forest teeming with life and now veneered with concrete, chemicals and canals. With that said, this is being called an "environmental book" but that is hard to avoid when writing about a geographic place, the environment is central to any place. It is more than an "environmental book", though that aspect does leave an impression this is a complete and whole work about the Gulf that anyone who has been there will be glad to have read to gain a better understanding of this amazing place. ( )
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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. --

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