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The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus by Jacques-Yves Cousteau
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Sep 11, 08

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Cousteau's last book (I believe) is also an excellent introduction to his beliefs and views when it comes to things like protecting the oceans, the dangers of nuclear power, and issue of politics versus science when it comes to making public policy. Although some may find this a bit too dry, I enjoyed Cousteau's sardonic but intelligent commentary--very well supported by facts and numbers--exposing the hypocrisy and shortsightedness of politicians. He also peppers his intellectual analysis with warm, humanistic anecdotes from his travels that kept the book from being too tedious or preachy. Should be mandatory reading for public policy makers!
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