Osha Gray Davidson


Osha Gray Davidson is the senior science writer for the NASA-funded journal, Earthzine, a freelance writer and photographer with investigative pieces in Rolling StoneMother JonesNational GeographicScientific AmericanDiscover Magazine and Slate, among other publications. He has written six books of non-fiction, published a collection of photographs, and co-written the screenplay for the award-winning IMAX documentary, Coral Reef Adventure.

Published Work


“Clean Break: The Story of Germany’s Energy Transformation and What Americans Can Learn from It” The European Union’s biggest and most powerful industrial economy is making a clean break from coal, oil and nuclear energy. It is doing something most Americans would say is impossible, but already Germany is running on 25% clean energy and it is on track to reach 80 percent by 2050.


“The Enchanted Braid: Coming to Terms with Nature on the Coral Reef” “There is a word for what Darwin and the rest of us have felt when in the presence of the reef: ‘awe.’ Confronted with the reef, awe is the most appropriate response. It is probably in our nature. It is also, apparently, in our nature to destroy that which we hold in awe.”


“Broken Heartland.” “A compelling picture of one of this country’s most pressing problems…a vivid and concise description of America’s farm crisis.”—Kirkus Reviews


“Under Fire: The NRA and the Battle for Gun Control.” “In ‘Under Fire,’ Osha Gray Davidson examines the evolution of the NRA from its roots in the 19th century as a sporting club to its current status as arguably the most effective special-interest group in the second half of the 20th century. The story is told without passion but in an easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down style that many novelists would envy. Davidson, a freelance journalist, manages to describe the NRA without falling into either its clutches or those of its opponents. The result is a sufficiently objective yet richly revealing portrait of this powerful lobby.” New England Journal of Medicine.


“The Best of Enemies: Race and Redemption in the New South.” “Rich with details about the rhythms of daily life in the mid-twentieth-century South, ‘The Best of Enemies’ offers a vivid portrait of a relationship that defied all odds. By placing this very personal story into broader context, Osha Gray Davidson demonstrates that race is intimately tied to issues of class, and that cooperation is possible–even in the most divisive situations–when people begin to listen to one another.” University of North Carolina Press.


“Fire in the Turtle House: The Green Sea Turtle and the Fate of the Ocean. “An eloquent ecocautionary tale wrapped in a scientific mystery. Sea turtles have thrived for more than 100 million years. Now their existence is threatened not only by human depredation but also by a virulent scourge of unknown origin.” Publishers Weekly.


“Enchanted by Prairie.” “Iowa’s tallgrass prairie was gone before we were born. Bill Witt’s marvelous photos of Iowa’s tallgrass prairie remnants and prose by Osha Davidson and Bill Witt give us a vision of what the prairie was and what it can do for us today. We did not save the prairie, but perhaps it can save us.”—Carl Kurtz

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