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

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

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by Susan Schiefelbein, 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…  See more details below

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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 worlds 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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Completed only a year before his 1997 death, Jacques Cousteau's The Human, The Orchid, and The Octopus stands as a final testament of his environmental beliefs. Like many of his other books, this work blends the best elements of an adventure story, a tutorial on the natural world, and a passionate manifesto on sustaining life on our planet. The book, never before available in the United States, has been released to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the great ocean explorer's death. His coauthor and frequent collaborator, Susan Schiefelbein, introduces the text and provides an update on more recent ecological developments. The capstone of a momentous environmental career.

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ISBN-13:
9781596917552
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
08/10/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
459,529
File size:
885 KB

Meet the Author

Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) was world-renowned as an ocean explorer, filmmaker, educator, and environmental activist. He won three Oscars and the Palme dOr 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 Cousteaus documentary films. She lives in Paris.
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 Cousteaus documentary films. She lives in Paris.
Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) was world-renowned as an ocean explorer, filmmaker, educator, and environmental activist. He won three Oscars and the Palme dOr for his films, and wrote or coauthored more than seventy-five books.

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Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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Redeemed-by-Grace More than 1 year ago
I loved this book by Jacques Cousteau.
fishbucket More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book and a very exciting adventure in to the history of the diving industry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and researched by premier authority on marine life and declining water quality in our oceans and tributaries.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.