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Published Books

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A History of Cenac Towing Company

Cenac Towing Company is one of the great American success stories in the history of the marine industry. For three generations, the family-run company became the premier towing and barge transportation carrier for the oil and gas industry. Jason Theriot’s new book published by UL Press captures the legacy of this Louisiana-based towing company and honors the people who built it.

Great Game Paradise: A History of Vermilion Corporation

Great Game Paradise is an in-depth history of a vast, bountiful marshland under private land management during a century of enormous change along Louisiana’s now threatened coast. As stewards of a 125,000-acre tract of prime marsh habitat, Vermilion Corporation and its predecessors have since the 1920s perpetuated the sport of duck hunting through a relentless pursuit of land conservation, sustainable development, and environmental restoration. 

American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana's Wetlands

American Energy, Imperiled Coast explores the tension between oil and gas development and the land-loss crisis in coastal Louisiana. Theriot's book offers an engaging analysis of both the impressive, albeit ecologically destructive, engineering feats that characterized energy development in the region in the last century and the mounting environmental problems that threaten south Louisiana’s communities, culture, and “working” coast.

To Honor Our Veterans: An Oral History of World War II Veterans from the Bayou Country; Vol. I-III

Theriot's three-volume self-published book series highlights the roles played by World War II veterans from south Louisiana. From 2002-2005, Theriot interviewed over a hundred men and women whose stories describe the heroism and hardships of life at sea, in the foxholes, and in the factories. Each volume focuses on the three major campaigns of the war, including a section on the homefront.

Truman, The Elder Statesman.

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Introducing a new biography of President Harry S. Truman in his retirement years, published by the National Park Service (NPS). “Truman, The Elder Statesman” offers a deep-dive into the post-presidential life of one of America's greatest presidents. Historian Jason Theriot joined forces with History Associates Incorporated (HAI) to produce this one-of-a-kind Historic Resource Study for the NPS. Follow Truman as he strolls through his neighborhood in Independence, MO, on his way to work each day at the Truman Presidential Library.


Presenting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, “Restoring the Gulf of Mexico—An Energy Policy?” (2012)
Presenting at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, “Restoring the Gulf of Mexico—An Energy Policy?” (2012)

Public History Projects