Best Books of the Month: Wall Street Journal, Kirkus Reviews
From the Pulitzer Prizeâ€“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 youâ€™re not inclined to argue with. For centuries, Americans have celebrated it as â€śmajesticâ€ť and â€śnoble,â€ť 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 nationâ€™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 themselvesâ€”monogamous creatures, considered among the animal worldâ€™s finest parentsâ€”The Bald Eagle is a much-awaited cultural and natural history that demonstrates how this birdâ€™s wondrous journey may provide inspiration today, as we grapple with environmental peril on a larger scale.