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Osha Gray Davidson Books In Order

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Under Fire: The Nra and the Battle for Gun Control (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Broken Heartland: The Rise of America's Rural Ghetto (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire In The Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean (2003) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Republicans in the Wilderness: The GOP and Environmental Politics from Teddy Roosevelt to Tomorrow (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Turtles all the Way Down (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Climate Bill: A Field Guide (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Clean Break: The Story of Germany's Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Best of Enemies, Movie Edition: Race and Redemption in the New South (2019) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Osha Gray Davidson was born in Passaic, New Jersey on May 22, 1954 and grew up in Iowa and studied at the University of Iowa. He writes about the environment, energy, and other human rights and social rights issues. Osha is a free-lance writer and photographer, and author. He has written over a hundred articles on all kinds of topics and books of non-fiction.

His Rolling Stone article on Lori Piestewa (who was the first Native American woman to die in combat fighting for the US) got nominated for a National magazine Award for feature writing. Davidson has been a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism and the National World Book Award (UK). “Coral Reef Adventure” was voted by Giant Screen Theatre Association to be the Best Picture of 2003 and was the highest grossing documentary film of the year 2003.

For Rolling Stone magazine, he has covered the environment and at Forbes.com he blogged about renewable energy. Freelance work of Davidson’s has appeared in Grist, the Washington Post, InsideClimate News, the New York Times, Mother Jones, and Salon, as well as other publications. He lives in the city of Phoenix, Arizona where he also publishes The Phoenix Sun, a blog about renewable energy.

His pictures have appeared in InsideClimate News, Rolling Stone, and Forbes.com, as well as other places. He co-wrote the script for the IMAX documentary “Coral Reef Adventure”.

Davidson’s book called “The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South” was adapted into a play in the year 2011 by Mark St. Germain. A film adaptation was released in the year 2019 with Taraji Henson and Sam Rockwell starring.

“Broken Heartland” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 1996. Between the year 1940 and the middle of the eighties, farm production expenses inside America’s heartland had tripled, capital purchases had quadrupled, profits fell by ten percent, interest payments increased tenfold. During this time, the number of farmers dropped by two-thirds, and just about every farming community lost businesses, population, and economic stability.

Growth for any of these desperate communities has begun meaning part-time low paying jobs, waste dumps, expensive tax concessions, and industrial hog farming. All of these come with hefty psychological and environmental prices.

Osha documents the decline of the Heartland and how it became a bitterly divided and remote regional ghetto.

“The Enchanted Braid” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 1998. In this book, Osha fuses a fascinating natural history with color drenched celebration of reefs. He treats his readers with a journey into the heart of the rather intricate labyrinths of the coral reef. From towering metropolitan structures as the Great Barrier Reef to microscopic zooplankton.

The book identifies the roughly 240,000 square miles of coral reef that is on the planet as indispensable, not just to the livelihood of the oceans but to humans, too. He makes an urgent call to slow down the modern day man-made degradation of coral reefs is both persuasive and alarming. It is effectively underscored by the rather rich historical context of passages that come from Darwin’s diary on reefs over a century ago.

“Fire in the Turtle House” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 2003. Sea turtles have been in existence since the time of the dinosaurs. Now, all of a sudden, the turtles have begun dying, as they are ravaged by a mysterious plague. It is one that biologists see as the most serious epidemic that rages in the natural world. Possibly most important, the sea turtles are not the only marine creatures that are falling prey to these deadly epidemics. Over the past few decades, there are diseases that have been burning through some near shore waters all around the world with never before seen lethality.

What could possibly be happening to the sea turtle, and how could it possibly be stopped? In this fascinating scientific detective tale, Osha Gray Davidson tracks the different fervent efforts of the often quirky and extraordinary veterinarians, marine biologists, scientists, and others that race against time. This in an effort to solve this complex environmental and biological puzzle and ensure the turtles don’t go extinct.

Davidson tracks the fates of certain turtles, and shows their surprisingly distinct personalities, and why they inspire an almost spiritual devotions in those humans who get to know them.

“The Best of Enemies” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 2007. C. P. Ellis grew up in the poor white section in Durham, North Carolina, and joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was a young man. Ann Atwater, a single mom from the poor black section of the town, quit working as a household domestic so that she could join the civil rights fight.

During the sixties, while the country struggled with the highly explosive issue of race, Ellis and Atwater met on opposing sides of the issue on public school integration. The encounters they had were charged with both suspicion and hatred. During an amazing set of transformations, though, both of them came to realize how the other was exploited by the rigid structure of power in the South. They were able to form a friendship that was able to flourish against the backdrop of bigotry.

“Clean Break” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 2012. How is the European Union’s most powerful and largest economy making a clean break with nuclear, coal, and oil energy? This is something that most Americans would say is impossible, but already one quarter of Germany’s energy comes from different renewable sources. It has gotten on track to reach eighty percent by the year 2050, and experts believe it would be able to get to a full one hundred by that time.

Germany’s energiewende, or energy transformation, is actually a very American tale. One that revolves around some self-reliant individuals, a national can-do vision, and a responsive democracy. The book tells this important and remarkable tale in a narrative that is directed to ordinary readers.

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