Jacques-Yves Cousteau (1910–1997) was a French marine explorer, inventor, filmmaker, and conservationist who sailed the world for much of the late twentieth century, educating millions about the Earth's oceans—and inspiring their protection. Little of it would have been possible without scuba gear, which Cousteau pioneered when, in World War II, he along with engineer Emile Gagnan, cocreated the Aqua-Lung, a twin-hose underwater breathing apparatus. With the Aqua-Lung, Cousteau and his crew were able to explore and film parts of the ocean depths that had never been seen before, resulting in such Oscar-winning movies as The Silent World.. 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."
Cousteau At His Best I bought the book for my granddaughter who loves the sea and because I had read it when I was about her age.Cousteau was a passionate lover of the oceans and an excellent writer. His vivid descriptions and gripping narrative I remember well and my granddaughter is enjoying it as I'd hoped. I am disappointed that the quality of the print and the photos is not as good as the original but then it is paperback.
An ocean lovers delight Fabulous read for any ocean lover.
Well worth a read. Superb book for anyone interested in Scuba.
Review of "The Silent World" by J.Y. Cousteau. I have been scuba diving since 1963 and Cousteau was my hero back then. After all he was the real pioneer of diving. I had a copy of this book years ago and loaned it to someone who never returned it. I tried to replace it but it was out of print and I could not get a copy in the book shops. I was advised to try Amazon and thankfully you obtained this one for me. In fact this copy is superior to my original one as there are pictures in this copy while there were no pictures in my one. Thank you
Cousteau's silent world Very good read, full of adventure and provides an insight into the early years of the career of Jacques Yves Cousteau, a true adventurer. The Silent World (National Geographic adventure classics)
Great read I started reading this on holiday and find it very captivating. Excellent book if your a scuba diver! a good read
Memories I had not read this since I was a child when it ewas first published. It brought back many happy memories and persuaded me to take up scuba diving later in my life.
Favourite Book This book may be from the 1950s, but it chronicles the early adventures into the sea, when people were still fascinated by it. Cousteau’s narrative is excellent, and the information is accurate. The photos in the book are interesting as well. This is the book which loosely inspired the movie “The Silent World” by JY Cousteau and Louis Malle, which won an Oscar. Buy this book if you are interested in scuba diving, sharks, shipwrecks, or adventure!
Great book for anyone interesting in diving I've become interested in scuba diving over the last year or so and also remember all those Jacques Cousteau TV programmes on TV in the 70s. I picked up this book with little expectation, but for anyone interested in diving it's a gem! Cousteau talks about the early experiments with their aqualung equipment, how they determined how deep they could go, the effects of bends and other depth related issues. Cousteau is a great story teller and the book reads easily, whilst imparting lots of information about the pioneer days of scuba diving including some hair-raising and some tragic incidents. If you have any interest in diving at all, get a copy of this book!
Amazing book This book covers the early, pioneering days of scuba diving. All the participants are clearly mad but what a buzz they must have got. It is the sort of book you can read again and again dipping in at different small stories or from cover to cover. Should be in every divers book set.
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