Jack E. Davis
© Debbie Burns
Jack E. Davis is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea and the Rothman Family Chair in the Humanities at the University of Florida. In 2019, he received a Carnegie Corporation Fellowship to write about the historical journey of bald eagles.
11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
State Library, First Floor Seminar Center
Feathered Friends: Two Symbolic Birds - The Brown Pelican and the Bald Eagle
with Jack E. Davis and Rien Fertel
Noon to 12:45 p.m.
Cavalier House Bookselling Tent
The Bald Eagle: The Improbable Journey of America’s Bird
Best Books of the Month: Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews
From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Gulf, a sweeping cultural and natural history of the bald eagle in America.
The bald eagle is regal but fearless, a bird you’re not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as “majestic” and “noble,” yet savaged the living bird behind their national symbol as a malicious predator of livestock and, falsely, a snatcher of babies. Taking us from before the nation’s founding through inconceivable resurgences of this enduring all-American species, Jack E. Davis contrasts the age when native peoples lived beside it peacefully with that when others, whether through hunting bounties or DDT pesticides, twice pushed Haliaeetus leucocephalus to the brink of extinction.
Filled with spectacular stories of Founding Fathers, rapacious hunters, heroic bird rescuers, and the lives of bald eagles themselves―monogamous creatures, considered among the animal world’s finest parents―The Bald Eagle is a much-awaited cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this bird’s wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale.
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