Meet author John Sledge on Thursday, November 14th from 5:30 - 6:30 PM as he speaks about and signs The Gulf of Mexico: A Maritime History at Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse.
The Gulf of Mexico presents a compelling maritime history of the earth's tenth largest body of water. In this beautifully written and illustrated volume, John S. Sledge explores the people, ships, and cities that have made the Gulf’s human history and culture so rich. Throughout history the residents of the cities along the littoral have struggled with challenges—devastating hurricanes, frightening epidemics, catastrophic oil spills, and conflicts ranging from dockside brawls to pirate raids, foreign invasion, civil war, and revolution. In the modern era the Gulf has become critical to energy production, fisheries, tourism, and international trade, even as it is threatened by pollution and climate change. The Gulf of Mexico illuminates both the risks of life on the water and the riches that come from its bounty.
JOHN S. SLEDGE is senior architectural historian for the Mobile Historic Development Commission and a member of the National Book Critics Circle. He is the author of six previous books, including The Mobile River and These Rugged Days: Alabama in the Civil War.