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The Silent World (National Geographic adventure classics) Hardcover – 1 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Books; Reprint edition (Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0792267966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0792267966
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Captain in the French navy, principal developer of the Aqua-Lung (scuba).


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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book. Cousteau knows how to tell fascinating dive stories (some involving near-death moments) and keep you informed as well. The photos in the hardback edition are mostly (but not all) black and white, but stunning, especially the photo of a shark's maw one foot away from Cousteau's camera! The courage of the man takes the breath away and makes a lot of today's expert divers seem namby-pamby. No wetsuits for Jacques, he and Didi Dumas swam around in very brief swimtrunks which were no doubt regarded as sexy and trendy in the 1950s. Both of them do lots of things in the sea which would now be regarded as politically incorrect, so a really fun read.
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Jacques Cousteau, much admired from a childhood enthralled by his television programes. The book, however, gives an insight into his real motivations and they appeared not to be those of an environmentalist ! The book, for instance, gives shocking accounts of killing a whale and capturing a rare breed of seal pup. My bubble has been burst!
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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!
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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)
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Cousteau's autobiographical account of his deep sea adventures is told with much vividness and recounts the experiences of Cousteasu and his comrade, Frederic Dumas, in the sea after their discovery of the aqua lung. A good book to read if interested in diving, or simply as a general interest publication. Either way the book makes for a good read and, considering Cousteau translated the story from the French himself, is impressively well written.
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The film work of Captain Cousteau easily outshines his written work. An innovator in his time, the use of film and cinematography to capture all that he saw whilst scuba diving conveys something more than some of his written work could. This autobiography charts his early years of his scuba diving equipment and his work with the undersea research group. The stories here aren't easily shown by camera and are better told on page.
Cousteau has a decidedly deadpan approach, some of his tales do come across as humorous (the cocoa bean story) whereas some others are shocking (testing grenades underwater); his tales of his brushes of mortality are particularly hard-hitting (the death of a close colleague on a research expedition is searing in its depiction). He keeps this tone throughout the book.
If I were to recommend this to anyone, I would have to say underwater enthusiasts and Cousteau fans.
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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.

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A refreshingly naive production but absorbing nonetheless. Some parts may be upsetting but the film is produced by someone who clearly loves everything to do with the Undersea.
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