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Winner • Pulitzer Prize for History
Winner • Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction
Finalist • National Book Critics Circle Award (Nonfiction)
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
Named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Washington Post, NPR, Library Journal, and gCaptain
Booklist Editors’ Choice (History)
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence

In this “cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin” (New York Times), “Davis has written a beautiful homage to a neglected sea” (front page, New York Times Book Review).

Hailed as a “nonfiction epic . . . in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic” ( Dallas Morning News), Jack E. Davis’s The Gulf is “by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea’ ” ( Wall Street Journal). Illuminating America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present, Davis demonstrates how the Gulf’s fruitful ecosystems and exceptional beauty empowered a growing nation. Filled with vivid, untold stories from the sportfish that launched Gulfside vacationing to Hollywood’s role in the country’s first offshore oil wells, this “vast and welltold story shows how we made the Gulf . . . [into] a ‘national sacrifice zone’ ” (Bill McKibben). The first and only study of its kind, The Gulf offers “a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written” (Edward O. Wilson). 26 illustrations

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"A sensitive and sturdy work of environmental history. . . . [Davis] has a well-stocked mind, and frequently views the history of the Gulf through the prism of artists and writers including Winslow Homer, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway and John D. MacDonald. His prose is supple and clear. . . . A cri de coeur about the Gulf’s environmental ruin."
Dwight Garner, New York Times

"A wide-ranging, well-told story, by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of ‘America’s Sea.’"
Gerard Helferich, Wall Street Journal

"In the tradition of Jared Diamond''s best-seller Collapse and Simon Winchester''s Atlantic comes Jack E. Davis'' nonfiction epic, The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, which strives both to celebrate and defend its subject―the Gulf of Mexico. . . . Detailed and exhaustive, written in lucid, impeccable prose, The Gulf is a fine work of information and insight, destined to be admired and cited."
William J. Cobb, Dallas Morning News

"Splendid . . . . Davis is a historian, and this book is packed with research, but The Gulf does not read like a textbook. He is a graceful, clear, often lyrical writer who makes sometimes surprising, always illuminating connections―it''s not a stretch to compare him to John McPhee. And he is telling an important story, especially for those of us who live around what he calls the American Sea. What happens to it happens to us, and the more we know, the better equipped we''ll be to deal with a future on its shores."
Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times

"An incisive, comprehensive and entertaining portrait of the world’s most diverse and productive marine ecosystems―from its lusty birth in the chaos of shifting continental plates to its slow and agonizing death of a million cuts inflicted by oil and gas extractors, dredge-and-fill operators, ‘condo-canyon’ developers, industrial-scale fishers, fertilizer-dependent farmers, chemical plant entrepreneurs, love-it-to-death snow birds and so many more. . . . Amid all of the pollution and exploitation, this could easily have been a grim history of ‘Paradise Lost.’ But in Davis’ skilled hands it as much love story as tragedy."
Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"Jack Davis has delivered a unique and illuminating history of the American Southern coast and sea as it should be written: how humanity and the environment evolved over ten millennia as a single system."
Edward O. Wilson, author of The Social Conquest of Earth

"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 tremendous book. Davis is not only one of our preeminent environmental historians, but also a first-rate storyteller and prose stylist. Lay readers and scholars alike will be delighted by The Gulf, a lovely evocation of the natural world and the problematic ways our nation has profited from it."
Blake Bailey, author of Cheever

" 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

"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

"An astonishing work of environmental history, sweeping in its narrative scope while also being wonderfully intimate in its richness of detail. The march of history and the vibrancy of place live on its every page, and the environmental story it tells could not make for more urgent reading in these perilous times."
Darcy Frey, Harvard University

"Steering seamlessly between nature writing and historical narrative, Davis offers an elegant epic of how America’s relationship with the Gulf of Mexico defines our character and our future."
Cynthia Barnett, author of Rain: A Natural and Cultural History

"With the narrative force of the Gulf Stream, Jack E. Davis takes readers to an unforgettable geography of wonders, oddities, and characters famous and unknown. Davis’s writing shimmers with salt haze, delights like a flock of pelicans, and threatens like oil on a white sand beach. If you thought you knew the Gulf, guess again. If this is your introduction to it, lucky you."
Jordan Fisher Smith, author of Engineering Eden and Nature Noir

" The Gulf starts with the geology of plate tectonics, proceeds through Indian settlements before the arrivals of Europeans, advances to hurricanes, the Dead Zone, and oil pollution, then analyzes the future. And it does all this very, very well. Books which attempt such comprehensive treatments of a subject are too often, as the saying goes, a mile wide and an inch deep. This book is 1,000 miles wide and 10,000 feet deep. It''s an extraordinary achievement."
John M Barry, author of Rising Tide and The Great Influenza

"[A] magnificent chronicle of the Gulf of Mexico. . . . A work of astonishing breadth: richly peopled, finely structured, beautifully written. It should appeal equally to Gulf coast residents and snowbirds, students of environmental history, and general readers."
Robert Eagan, Library Journal (starred review)

"Vivid. . . . As Davis demonstrates in this absorbing narrative, the history of the Gulf teaches us that nature is most generous whenever we respect its sovereignty."
Henry L. Carrigan, Bookpage

"A perceptive historical survey of America’s Gulf Coast, this fascinating work accents the region’s nexus between nature and civilization. . . . Marked by thorough knowledge and fluid writing, this work will enhance any collection of American and environmental history."
Gilbert Taylor, Booklist, Starred review

"Comprehensive and thoroughly researched. . . . Davis makes the convincing argument that wiser, far-sighted practices―including those aimed at combating climate change―could help the Gulf region to remain a bastion of resources for the foreseeable future."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

About the Author

Jack E. Davis is the author of the award-winning The Gulf: The Making of An American Sea and An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century. A professor of environmental history at the University of Florida, he lives in Florida and New Hampshire.

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Jazzman
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A model of environmental history
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2017
I have just finished reading The Gulf, and found it completely engaging. It is an excellent lens through which to view U.S. environmental history. Though environmental history is by definition an expansive field, I doubt there are many researchers who have carried out the... See more
I have just finished reading The Gulf, and found it completely engaging. It is an excellent lens through which to view U.S. environmental history. Though environmental history is by definition an expansive field, I doubt there are many researchers who have carried out the wide-ranging artistic, literary, sociological, scientific, and even medical research, to name but a few fields, that this author has drawn on to write the book.

I downloaded the book on my Kindle thinking I would skim it lightly while spending some time on the Florida coast. I did not expect to read the chapters about the Gulf''s creation and evolution, nor its early history. But once engaged I could not put the book down. The author’s prose flows beautifully, resulting in a refreshingly accessible book that is also very informative. In my view it is a tour de force.

I hope it will be read widely, not only because it is so informative but also because it illuminates the environmental destruction that we as a society have allowed in the U.S. May it serve as a warning against future such acts and planning, and encourage conservation and respect for the land and natural resources that are ours to enjoy if we do the right thing.
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Dale- Sane in Texas
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Makes me APPRECIATE "the GULF of Mexico" MORE.
Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2018
I''ve lived on or near the GULF most of my life from Florida to Texas to Cancun Mexico. This book made me appreciate the GULF all the more from it''s archeology to it''s great staining by British Petroleum & Anadarko oil blowouts. I found the author fair and balanced in his... See more
I''ve lived on or near the GULF most of my life from Florida to Texas to Cancun Mexico. This book made me appreciate the GULF all the more from it''s archeology to it''s great staining by British Petroleum & Anadarko oil blowouts. I found the author fair and balanced in his perspectives, including the mixed blessings of OIL, but saddening me on what we''ve all lost. Just in my life time I''ve already seen the effects of orange grove fertilizer run off ruining the ecology of he lake I grew up on NON-SWIMABLE or fishable... To the bleached reefs & oil stains on my feet in Galveston beach. The book is a great mix of ecology, archeology, history and natural beauty to man made disaster. Sadly this book on THE GULF only covers the American Gulf coast. Much the GULF extends into Mexico, Central America & South America .. or is my geography over extended. Much of those Golf of Mexico coasts are NOT as despoiled …. YET.... I hope the future & global warming is kinder to the GULF than …….
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Dan
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Wonderful journey, beautiful prose, profound environmental history
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2018
My favorite history books are those which read like a story, with a well-developed set of characters, times, and places. And in my opinion, The Gulf is just that: a wonderful journey through the coasts of 5 U.S. states; through rivers, bays, estuaries, and Mangrove... See more
My favorite history books are those which read like a story, with a well-developed set of characters, times, and places. And in my opinion, The Gulf is just that: a wonderful journey through the coasts of 5 U.S. states; through rivers, bays, estuaries, and Mangrove forests; through centuries of time. The dark side to this story is, of course, all of the human environmental damage which it exposes.

This book should appeal to anyone who enjoys U.S. history, appreciates exquisitely crafted prose, and wants to learn more about the impacts that we have made on the natural world around us.

[In the interest of full disclosure, I am a close personal friend of the author.]
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DRobi
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A Fun and Educational Read
Reviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
I am a professional environmental scientist, and have lived on the Gulf coast of Florida for over 40 years. So I thought I was somewhat of an expert on the geography and history of the Gulf of Mexico. However, I learned a heck of a lot about the Gulf by reading this book,... See more
I am a professional environmental scientist, and have lived on the Gulf coast of Florida for over 40 years. So I thought I was somewhat of an expert on the geography and history of the Gulf of Mexico. However, I learned a heck of a lot about the Gulf by reading this book, way more than I expected. It covers pretty much all aspects of the natural, cultural, and economic history of the Gulf. It is lengthy book, but an easy and fun read. The author does a great job comparing and contrasting the various regions of the Gulf, as Florida, Alabama/Mississippi/Louisiana, and Texas really are quite different in many ways. If you live on the Gulf coast and are interested in why things are the way they are where you live, this is a must read.
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Teri Myers
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History meets Ecology
Reviewed in the United States on July 27, 2017
Anyone who eats seafood, cares about dolphins, likes to breathe fresh air, and drink (and swim in) clean water should read this book, particularly those living in gulf states. History here plays the role of revealing the beauty and the abundance that have been lost in the... See more
Anyone who eats seafood, cares about dolphins, likes to breathe fresh air, and drink (and swim in) clean water should read this book, particularly those living in gulf states. History here plays the role of revealing the beauty and the abundance that have been lost in the Gulf of Mexico, all written in spritely style with fascinating portraits of persons living and dead, who participated, for good or for ill, in shaping the environment we have inherited.
Although Davis holds out hope for this region, his book is nonetheless a catalog of spoliation, from the disappearance of native groups to the appearance of a "dead zone" of tens of thousands of square miles in what were once pristine, life-filled waters.
This would make a good read for our ecologically challenged president.
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Eugene A. Shinn
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A most informative book
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2018
As a geologist who was born in Key West more than 80 years ago I found This book full of interesting information about the Gulf of Mexico. The writing style is outstanding. For example how many fishermen know why they are called anglers? The chapter on Tarpon was mostly... See more
As a geologist who was born in Key West more than 80 years ago I found This book full of interesting information about the Gulf of Mexico. The writing style is outstanding. For example how many fishermen know why they are called anglers? The chapter on Tarpon was mostly new to me. I thought I knew all about fishing. It''s a wonder there are any birds left considering what the feather hunters (for womens hats) did before 1900. The effects of hurricanes, especially the Glaveston 1900 hurricane, that wiped out the island was horrifying (I have been there many times). I thought the writers attitude toward offshore drilling was a little severe. Nevertheless this is an outstanding book that was well researched.
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Terry O'Hara
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Many Cultures Growing from a Shared Resource. Who knew?
Reviewed in the United States on May 8, 2019
The rich history of a common, shared resource, vital to the life of multiple American cultures, is presented entertainingly and shown to be seriously relevant to both our immediate and future needs for untainted food. More than four hundred years of history have been... See more
The rich history of a common, shared resource, vital to the life of multiple American cultures, is presented entertainingly and shown to be seriously relevant to both our immediate and future needs for untainted food. More than four hundred years of history have been researched and woven into fascinating cause and effect stories that I have never seen before in American history novels or texts. As a virtual estuary, I am persuaded that our collective health is dependent upon the same factors that contribute to the health of the Gulf of Mexico. Every North American living east of the Rocky Mountains should read this illuminating book.
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Eric
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Amazingly well research book about the history of the Gulf of Mexico
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2018
I loved every page of this book. I learned so much about our Gulf’s history. But, even more important, I learned about how man’s efforts to create and protect our tourism and industry on the Gulf led to serious unintended consequences which threaten both industry and... See more
I loved every page of this book. I learned so much about our Gulf’s history. But, even more important, I learned about how man’s efforts to create and protect our tourism and industry on the Gulf led to serious unintended consequences which threaten both industry and tourism.
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Robert McCartney
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The best and most intimate work of environmental history I have ever read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2018
Both a historical overview and an ecological polemic this book has opened up to me a world about which I knew very little. From the more familiar stories of conquistadores, civil war forts, hurricanes and oil spills to much lesser known artists, fishermen and environment...See more
Both a historical overview and an ecological polemic this book has opened up to me a world about which I knew very little. From the more familiar stories of conquistadores, civil war forts, hurricanes and oil spills to much lesser known artists, fishermen and environment campaigners, my eyes have been opened to the bays, islands and backwaters that crowd the Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Key West. This world teams with schools of unfamiliar fish and luxuriant coastal vegetation. It is also a world threatened by overexploitation. A great book and an important one. Braudel would have loved this.
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Deborah Pickens
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A perfect fit in the current trend for popular history
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2018
A perfect fit in the current trend for popular history, but one that also incorporates a well-researched, easily understood and, as popular history should be, entertaining account of the economic aspects of The American Sea – both environmental economics and human. Born and...See more
A perfect fit in the current trend for popular history, but one that also incorporates a well-researched, easily understood and, as popular history should be, entertaining account of the economic aspects of The American Sea – both environmental economics and human. Born and raised near the Gulf of Mexico, it was my summertime playground in the 50s, 60s and 70s. I saw plenty of changes in that time, but didn''t really think about them, or put what I observed into the larger context that "The Gulf" provides. Now I know why so much of what has happened needs to be repaired as best we can, and as quickly and permanently as possible. My first Jack Davis book, but it won''t be my last.
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Navi
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Epic, Sweeping Non Fiction Narrative with Environmental Undertones
Reviewed in Canada on August 3, 2018
This is an immersive, readable account of the history of the Gulf of Mexico. Jack E. Davis does an incredible job bringing the Gulf to life in this ambitious undertaking of a book. The reader is taken on a journey from the early days of the Pleistocene era to the present....See more
This is an immersive, readable account of the history of the Gulf of Mexico. Jack E. Davis does an incredible job bringing the Gulf to life in this ambitious undertaking of a book. The reader is taken on a journey from the early days of the Pleistocene era to the present. Davis uses geological, ecological, social, environmental, colonial, economical and biological frameworks to provide a detailed analysis of what the Gulf of Mexico means to the United States. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys epic, sweeping non fiction narratives with environmental undertones.
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ReadABunch
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Engaging, well-written
Reviewed in Canada on August 21, 2018
Not "preachy" at all, yet forceful in its presentation on human-initiated damage in the Gulf. Great writer, very descriptive, but not overly wordy. Does get a bit repetitive yet personal touches break up any encroaching boredom. I have recommended this to others. Glad I...See more
Not "preachy" at all, yet forceful in its presentation on human-initiated damage in the Gulf. Great writer, very descriptive, but not overly wordy. Does get a bit repetitive yet personal touches break up any encroaching boredom. I have recommended this to others. Glad I read it!
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