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Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King (Vintage) (edition 2010)

by Brad Matsen

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Title:Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King (Vintage)
Authors:Brad Matsen
Info:Vintage (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 320 pages
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Tags:Diving, Biography, Exploration

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Interesting but not very deep outline of Cousteau's life. He did so much in his life, it probably would have been fairer to him to highlight one time in his life, for example his time in WWII and the invention of the Aqualung, and then dealt with that in more detail. ( )
  stuart10er | Nov 5, 2013 |
I didn't grow up watch Cousteau's films or television series. In fact, my first introduction to him was via Bill Murray's character in Wes Anderson's A Life Aquatic, which was inspired by Cousteau.

Matsen portrays Cousteau as a flawed explorer, environmentalist and philosopher who inspired a generation to look beyond land's limits and under the water. His work to focus the world's attention on the health of the oceans and the need for sustainable practices cannot be underestimated. Nor can his contribution to the invention of the Aqua-Lung and advancing water-based technologies.

Far from idolising Cousteau, Matsen's writing feels authentic and provides the reader with a character study that looks beyond his lengthy achievements. ( )
  kenno82 | Jan 3, 2013 |
For quite some time, the underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau was one of the most famous people in the world. Matsen does a masterful job of explaining both how this extraordinarily complex man became so well-known and what that cost him. ( )
  wanack | Feb 2, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037542413X, Hardcover)

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.

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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.

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