Jacques Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau

The Sea King

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Random House, Inc.
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 possible; 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.

Baker & Taylor
A wide-reaching portrait of the iconic ocean explorer draws on the testimony of his family and close associates to provide coverage of such topics as Cousteau's work with the French resistance, his pivotal contributions to scuba technology, and his efforts on behalf of the environmental movement.

Book News
In this balanced biography of Cousteau (1910-1997), Matsen (an author specializing in marine subjects) traces the life and contributions of the renowned marine explorer/filmmaker/ conservationist from his development of the Agua-Lung and undersea photography equipment to his public television documentary series, The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, and legal battles between his heirs. The book includes photographs of Cousteau, his two families, well-known ship The Calypso, scientific expeditions, and monument in his hometown in France. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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& Taylor

Draws on the testimony of the ocean explorer's family and close associates to cover such topics as Cousteau's work with the French resistance, his contributions to scuba technology, and his efforts on behalf of the environment.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9780375424137
Branch Call Number: 551.4609 COUST MATSE
Characteristics: xvii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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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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