Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau

The Sea King

Book - 2009
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Jacques Cousteau opened up the undersea world as no one has done before or since. But not generally know is the fascinating and compelling individual behind the acclaimed television personality.

With the cooperation of many of Jacques Cousteau's collaborators, friends, and family, Brad Matsen gives us the first full picture of this remarkable life. Here is Cousteau working for the French resistance during World War II (for which he received France's Croix de Guerre); developing--and risking his life to test--the regulator that made scuba diving possib≤ running the world's largest scuba equipment manufacturing firm; becoming a legendary catalyst of the worldwide environmental movement; starring in The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau and in hundreds of documentaries; and publishing more than fifty books. And here is the widowed Cousteau marrying his longtime mistress--forty years his junior and the mother of two of his children--kindling a bitter family feud that continues to this day.

Vividly conveying the people, the adventure, the science, and the lure of the sea that shaped Cousteau's life, Matsen paints a luminous portrait of a man who profoundly changed the way we view, and treat, our planet.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780375424137
037542413X
Characteristics: xvii, 296 p. : ill

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adagarcon Dec 18, 2011

"Jacques Yves Cousteau" Any child of the seventies remembers vividly the first time they were enchanted with the extraordinary images under the sea from the Commandant's world . Matsen's book delves into the life of this seemingly historic figure. Coming away from the book will leave the reader with many intriguing questions. Was Cousteau's partnerships with oil companies an altruistic measure or a way of leveraging his desire for stardom? Was Cousteau primarily a cinematographer first, with an interest in the world of marine life as an after thought? Certainly, his excposure of the world's fragile marine ecosystem inspired a hoarde of Marine Biologists, Ecologists, and other professionals to at least question our relationship with the deep blue majestic. R.I.P. Jacques Cousteau!

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