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

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

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

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

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781596914186
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 09/30/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 698,326
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.86(d)

About 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 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.

Table of Contents


Foreword   Bill McKibben     ix
Introduction   Susan Schiefelbein     1
The Drive to Explore     27
Personal Risk     45
Public Risk     80
Irreplaceable Water, Irreplaceable Air     106
The Holy Scriptures and the Environment     116
Saccage     130
Catch as Catch Can     146
Science and Human Values     178
The Hot Peace: Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Energy     205
Life in a Billion Years     263
The Miracle of Life: The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus     276
Epilogue: An Update Since the Writing of This Book     293
Selected Bibliography     303
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