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Jacques Cousteau

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.
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.


"Matsen's book is eloquently crafted by a man who clearly understands and respects the wonders of the sea." -- Winston-Salem Journal

"Absolutely do not miss this book. It is both entertaining and an important slice of history."--Diver Magazine

"Cousteau owned one of the most recognizable faces on the planet. . . . Yet, as Matsen deftly demonstrates, we hardly knew him." -Seattle Times

"There are a lot of Cousteau books - bits and pieces - and many are nonsense. This one is remarkably accurate."--Jean-Michel Cousteau

"Cousteau's life was a cautionary tale, and Matsen tells it exceedingly well."--San Francisco Chronicle

"Brad Matsen reminds us that Cousteau earned his fame honestly: He invented the modern understanding of the sea."-Outside Magazine

"Revealing."-The Economist

"Matsen examines Cousteau with a sensitive eye, qualifying his astounding career and lasting legacy. . . . Environmentalists, divers, and armchair ocean lovers will all soak up this work."-Publishers Weekly

"Goes beyond the sea. . . . fills us in on Cousteau's work with the French Resistance during World War II. It also tells of family tragedy and drama."-NY Post

"Readers who dive, who are interested in ecology or the oceans, or who simply recognize the name Cousteau, will want to read this full, well-rounded portrait of one of the world's greatest explorers and conservationists."--Library Journal (Starred Review)


1 La Bergère Marriage is absolutely archaic. It is a device people use to avoid facing the fact that we are all solitary and perishable. Jacques Cousteau Jacques Cousteau met Simone Melchior at her family's Paris apartment in the summer of 1936. She was seventeen, the daughter and granddaughter of French admirals, born on January 19, 1919, in Oran, Algeria. Until she was five years old, her family lived in Toulon, the home port of the Mediterranean fleet, then moved to Japan, where her father was a diplomatic attaché. By the time the Melchiors returned to France, Simone was a teenager fluent in Japanese and infected with wanderlust. Though her horizons were limited by her gender, she was a lycée student whose interests went far beyond keeping a house. She would later say that her dreams always included the sea. The soirée at which Cousteau met Simone was one of many hosted by Marguerite Melchior to introduce her daughter to eligible navy men. Cousteau was fixed on Simone from the moment he walked in the door. Feigning indifference, he registered a stunning, compact young woman with flaxen hair, high cheekbones, and a seductive mélange of amusement and confidence in her alert green eyes. For her part, Simone quickly picked out the animated, wiry young man holding a movie camera of all things, not something she expected at one of her mother's parties. He was obviously navy, judging by his posture, but dressed in civilian clothes. She was instantly enchanted by his presence, a delightful blend of curiosity, delight, and confidence, and she liked the way he brashly panned his camera around the roomful of people holding cocktail glasses and chattering. He had a long, rural face, deeply etched by lines in his forehead pointing down to a long, sharp nose. Another set of concentric arcs wrinkled each side of his mouth, emphasizing a dazzling smile that he seemed to measure out for effect. As he wound the camera with its little silver handle, he moved his arms as though they hurt him. Simone's father easily noticed his daughter's interest in the officer with the camera, led him across the room to her, and introduced Ensign Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Admiral Melchior added that Cousteau was an aviation cadet living in Paris with his family while recuperating from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Cousteau took over the conversation, explaining the accident to Simone as though telling an adventure story in which he was simply a character swept along by events beyond his control. Five months earlier, he was just about to graduate from flight school when he borrowed his father's Salmson sports car to go to a friend's wedding in the hills west of Bordeaux, where he was based. The Salmson was fast and nimble, but when the headlights suddenly dimmed on a hairpin curve, he careered off the road into the darkness and blacked out. Only the luck of a farm truck on the otherwise deserted mountain road saved his life. Cousteau regained consciousness in the hospital with twelve broken bones and a paralyzed right arm. His doctor told him that his arm was numb because it was infected and probably should be amputated. Cousteau refused amputation. He would rather die than live as a one-armed man. A few days later, the infection resolved itself and his bones began to heal. After months of physical therapy, Cousteau was out of plaster and walking around, but he was in constant pain. He was finished as an aviator, and though he could not know it at the time he was again very lucky. Every man in his flying class would be killed during the first few weeks of the war with Germany that was three years away. Cousteau, at twenty-six, was nine years older than Simone, and he had already sailed around the world-with his camera-on the training ship Jeanne d'Arc. Flying airplanes had been one of three possible life courses Cousteau had ceremoniously announced to his family as a boy. His other two choices wer


Auteur Bradford Matsen

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Karakteristieken ISBN Jacques Cousteau. Genre: Biografie, Type boekomslag: Paperback, Taalversie: Engels. Breedte: 131,8 mm, Hoogte: 203,2 mm. Minimum bestelhoeveelheid: 1 stuk(s)



GTIN 09780307275424

Verschijningsdatum 16.02.2018

Taal Engels

Pagina-aantallen 320

Product type Paperback

Maat 203.2 x 131.8  mm

Gewicht van product 305 g

Artikelnummer 9780307275424

ISBN Jacques Cousteau boek Biografie Paperback Engels 320 pagina's

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