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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2013

    Recommended if you love the seas.

    I have just started reading Jacques Cousteau and it already has me wanting more. You loose all track of time and I felt I was there
    with him.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Passionate and exciting

    Informative I loved this book, i would recommend this to anyone who is interested in helping prevent the depletion of the oceans and for all mankind in general. Along with exciting moments as it's a bit of a novel as well. To know what world leaders do for power and wealth, and then expect the rest of us and the ecosystem to deal with it and fix it for them in their pursuit of wealth and power so they dont have to live with their mistakes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2013

    Excellent Read

    I loved this book by Jacques Cousteau.

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  • Posted June 14, 2013

    To all underwater buffs

    This is a well written book and a very exciting adventure in to the history of the diving industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Recommend highly

    Well written

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Expresses environmental concerns and info relevant to current day water quality and marine life decline worldwide.

    Well written and researched by premier authority on marine life and declining water quality in our oceans and tributaries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2008

    Writing At Its Best

    This is a remarkable book. One adventure follows another. The writing is outstanding -- savory, skillful, and so thoroughly engaging that I couldn't put down the book! This is a compendium of exploration and adventure stories that simply make you stop, breathe in deeply, and think about the world around you. And all the while you do so, you are conscious of how a master writer can make a book sing.' Bottom line: this is the best book I've read in the past twelve months.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2008

    Moving, spine-tingling, informative

    The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus may be the most worthwhile gift I¿ve received. It accomplishes a rare feat: It manages to be profoundly touching and highly informative at the same time. In part, Cousteau and his coauthor have written an environmental thriller. They tell spinetingling tales of Cousteau¿s adventures: getting caught in an undersea avalanche, being tracked through the jungle by murderous indians, posing as a WW2 German officer to burglarize a safe in enemy headquarters. Yet even in this page-turner, they still manage to make readers come away a lot smarter about such ¿inconvenient truths¿ as the perils of selling nuclear goods for politics and profit, pollution, and the fishing industry¿s irreversible eradication of fish species that most of us have wrongly assumed would continue to appear on the plates of our grandchildren. In short, the book tellls the story of a life well lived, Cousteau¿s, and provides a guideline for how to live productively ourselves. The writing is eloquent, at times heartbreaking, and eerily prescient. Many of the coauthors¿ predictions, based on a bibliography of distinguished government sources and think-tanks, are already coming true. This book is poetic and prophetic and will serve as a reference for years to come. I¿m glad I own it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2007

    Masterful!

    This book is thought-provoking, passionate, and brilliantly written. It is one of those books so well crafted that you can't put it down -- you just want more and more. It fuses the adventures and insights of 'wave-making' Jacques Costeau with Susan Schiefelbein's exceptional writing talents. What riveting experiences! And what consumate writing! If you are interested in ecology and global warming, want to become better acquainted with one of the planet's great maritime explorers, and are appreciative of writing beyond comare -- this book is sure to please! I cannot praise it enough.

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