Before becoming the man who introduced us to the wonders of the sea through his beloved television series, Jacques Cousteau was better known as an engineer and the inventor of scuba. He chronicled his early days of underwater adventure in The Silent World—a memoir that was an instant, international bestseller upon its publication in 1954. Now, National Geographic presents a 50th anniversary edition of this remarkable book, allowing readers to once again travel under the sea with Cousteau during the turbulent days of World War II.
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The Silent World (National Geographic Adventure Classics) based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This book is about Jacques Cousteau's invention of the aqualung, and the first few years of experimentation with it. His tale is sort of meandering (like this review) and jumps from topic to topic without really fleshing out any of them in tremendous detail. It is more of a summary of what he was doing. The parts of the book that shine are when he is describing his encounters with marine life, and the effects of nitrogen narcosis (or whatever it is). I can give this book a tepid recommendation, maybe knocking it up a half-star if you are at all interested in SCUBA diving. The book was interesting, although I never really got a sense of his passion for diving (even though he certainly had it).This is #92 in the National Geographic 100 best adventure books list.
This book is a nice, fun, quick read. It provides a fascinating first person history of the first scuba dives, and wonderful descriptions of the first time men laid eyes on what seems commonplace now on the Discovery Channel. I recommend it to anyone interested in marine life and our first underwater encounters.