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Jacques Cousteau : the sea king

by Matsen, Bradford.

Format: Print Book 2009
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Biography PB 92 COU
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
 
Collection  Biography
 
Call Number  PB 92 COU
 
 
Summary
An unprecedented and masterfully told biography of Jacques Cousteau that reveals for the first time the fascinating and compelling individual behind this famous television personality.
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Inventor of the aqualung and fearless scuba diver, Jacques Cousteau opened up the ocean to a mass audience for the first time. Here, with the cooperation of many of the subjects closest confidants and family, Brad Matsen makes clear the full picture of his remarkable life, showing the father, military man, inventor, entrepreneur, and adventurer behind the public face. Vividly conveying the people, 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 live on our planet.
Contents
1 La BergeĢ€re 10
2 Les Mousquemers 23
3 Breathing Underwater 34
4 Sixty Feet Down 41
5 Scuba 51
6 Shipwrecks 62
7 The Fountain 73
8 Menfish 82
9 The Abyss 94
10 Calypso 105
11 Il Faut Aller Voir 115
12 Fame 127
13 Living Underwater 145
14 World Without Sun 160
15 The Undersea World of David Wolper 169
16 An Honest Witness 184
17 Oasis in Space 193
18 Odyssey 203
19 Moving On 213
20 Captain Outrageous 223
21 Rediscovering the World 236
22 Chaos 247.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Anyone who watched TV during the 1960s and '70s knew Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Cousteau and his crew of the beloved Calypso (the ship that became as famous as her owner) visited all the oceans and seas of the world, demonstrating the use of new technology for studying marine biology and helping to drive the burgeoning environmental movement. But who was Jacques Cousteau? In the first complete biography, marine writer Matsen (Titanic's Last Secrets, 2008) delves into the life of a complicated individual. After injuring his back and losing his dream of piloting planes, swimming to strengthen his injured back rekindled Cousteau's love of the sea, leading to the discovery and refinement of the Aqua Lung and cameras that could operate underwater. Marvelous undersea film footage resulted in Cousteau's first film, The Silent World, and his enduring fame on TV. Throughout his very public life, Cousteau maintained a private world, which burst into the public eye when his wife died and Cousteau revealed his mistress and second family.--Bent, Nancy Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In his latest research effort, Matsen (Titanic's Last Secrets) aims to produce a "respectful, honest remembrance" of beloved oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, with admirable results. An adventurer, inventor, explorer, environmentalist and filmmaker, Cousteau, along with his talented crew and family members, developed groundbreaking tools for diving and filming underwater. Matsen traces Cousteau's career and personal life from his 1911 birth throughout the twentieth century, as he pursued military and, later, civilian life, two marriages, attempting to answer questions about the individual beneath the public figure: "How could a man of such immense power have allowed his children. to turn against each other? Was he a tragic character hidden behind the veil of celebrity? Does he deserve our enduring love?" While he doesn't uncover all the answers, Matsen examines Cousteau with a sensitive eye, qualifying his astounding career and lasting legacy (just in time for 2009's anticipated restoration of Cousteau's vessel Calypso). Readers will learn the particulars of Cousteau-designed Aqua Lungs and wetsuits, as well as the underwater living experiment and nonprofit corporations that Cousteau founded, without neglecting the challenges of funding his adventures. Environmentalists, divers, and armchair ocean lovers will all soak up this work. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Cousteau, Jacques, -- 1910-1997.
Oceanographers -- France -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Vintage Books,2009
Language English
Description xvii, 296 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages [259]-277) and index.
ISBN 0307275426 (pbk.)
9780307275424 (pbk.)
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