Jack E. Davis is the author of Gulf: The Making of an American Sea, published by Liveright Publishers. The winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History and the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, it is a sweeping history of the Gulf of Mexico. A nonfiction epic, The Gulf explores America’s political and economic relationship with the environment from the age of the conquistadors to the present. E.O. Wilson calls the book, “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.”
Jack’s latest book, The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird, was praised in a starred Kirkus as “A majestic history of the bald eagle and how it has reflected the nation’s changing relationship to nature… The author’s consistently lively, captivating narrative celebrates the naturalists, scientists, activists, artists, politicians, and breeders who have championed the extraordinary ‘charismatic raptor’”
Jack is also the author of Race Against Time: Culture and Separation in Natchez Since 1930, the winner of the Charles S. Sydnor Prize from the Southern Historical Association for the outstanding book in southern history published in 2001. An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the Environmental Century, received the gold medal in the nonfiction category of the Florida Book Awards. He is professor of history and Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities, specializing in environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida.