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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World by Susan Schiefelbein,Jacques Cousteau,Bill McKibben

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Part adventure story, part manifesto, the legendary ocean explorer's passionate plea for sustaining life on earth.

Explorer, diving pioneer, filmmaker, inventor, and activist, Jacques Cousteau was blessed from his childhood with boundless curiosity about the natural world. As the leader of fascinating, often dangerous expeditions all over the planet, he discovered 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, finally 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. Cousteau's lyrical, passionate call for action to protect our earth and seas and their myriad life forms is even more relevant today than when this book was completed in 1996. Written over the last ten years of his life with frequent collaborator Schiefelbein, who also introduces the text and provides an update on environmental developments in the decade since Cousteau's death, this prescient, clear-sighted book is a remarkable testament to the life and work of one of our greatest modern adventurers.

Reviews (7)
Jacques Cousteau was amazing - he was an explorer til the end. This book talks about his life and the experiences he had along the road. It discusses so many different aspects of how our planet is now well on the road to ruin, and how it all started so many years ago. Nuclear waste? No problem, dump it in the ocean! - that was, and is, the mentality of governments, so thank goodness for Jacques Cousteau!
more politically oriented than I'd hoped, but great work by Cousteau
it was as expected a great book.
Slowly writer
Excellent view of Cousteau's background and tales of his many adventures.
This was a very hard book for me to read, and I could only read it for a while before I had to go and put my head in the sand for a while before addressing it again. The beginning of the book chronicles the interesting life of Cousteau but about a third of the way through the term saccage was introduced to describe the utter destruction in the fishing industry and then we visited the equally appalling nuclear industry and why we support such a failed method of energy production. Thise book is a dire warning that has not been answered.
It was thought provoking and the man was a genius! I knew he was brilliant but who knew he was an inventor and more.
This book summarizes the deeply held beliefs of a man and his relationship to Nature. Powerfully written and hard to resist.
Everyone should read this book. It is so timely and well written. The time is now to conserve our planet.

ISBN: 1596914173

Rating: 4.9/5

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ISBN13: 978-1596914179

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; First Edition edition (October 30, 2007)

Language: English

Subcategory: Professionals & Academics

Pages: 320

The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World
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Author: Susan Schiefelbein,Jacques Cousteau,Bill McKibben
Title: The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World