Monday, August 13, 2018 7:00 PM
Mass Humanities and Harvard Book Store welcome award-winning author and environmental historian JACK E. DAVIS for a discussion of his latest book, "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea"--winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History. Hailed as a "nonfiction epic...in the tradition of Jared Diamond’s best-seller Collapse, and Simon Winchester’s Atlantic" by the Dallas Morning News, Jack E. Davis's "The Gulf" is what the Wall Street Journal calls "by turns informative, lyrical, inspiring and chilling for anyone who cares about the future of 'America’s Sea.'" 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 well-told story shows how we made the Gulf [into] a national sacrifice zone" (Bill McKibben).