The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Jacques Cousteau

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The beloved explorer Jacques Cousteau witnessed firsthand the complexity and beauty of life on earth and undersea-and watched the toll taken by human activity in the twentieth century. In this magnificent last book, now available for the first time in the United States, Cousteau describes his deeply informed philosophy about protecting our world for future generations. Weaving gripping stories of his adventures throughout, he and coauthor Susan Schiefelbein address the risks we take with human health, the overfishing and sacking of the world's oceans, the hazards of nuclear proliferation, and the environmental responsibility of scientists, politicians, and people of faith. This prescient, clear-sighted book is a remarkable testament to the life and work of one of our greatest modern adventurers.

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Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) was world-renowned as an ocean explorer, filmmaker, educator, and environmental activist. He won three Oscars and the Palme d’Or for his films, and wrote or coauthored more than seventy-five books. Susan Schiefelbein has won the National Magazine Award and the Front Page Award for her cover stories on social issues. A former editor at the Saturday Review, she went on to write the narration for many of Cousteau’s documentary films. She lives in Paris.
Published August 10, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Professional & Technical, Science & Math, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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The late Cousteau (1910–1997) is still offering remarkable tales of nature and the sea alongside coauthor Schiefelbein. Stephen Hoye delivers a solid reading complete with an astounding Coust

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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus (2007) Any fan of Jacques Cousteau's underseas films knows the legendary explorer was a master storyteller.

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Whether writing about the importance of pure science, deploring the destruction of coral reefs, or predicting the near immortality of future humans, Cousteau calls for caution, responsibility, action suffused with thought.In a book filled with gems, it can be hard to isolate one to talk about, bu...

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