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My Father, the Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau

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In every legend, there is a legacy. In the life and career of undersea
explorer Jacques Cousteau, that legacy beats in the heart of the sea and in
the heart of his son, Jean-Michel, the noted French environmentalist,
educator and documentary film producer who has spent most of his adult life
nurturing the work of his famous father.

In My Father, The Captain, Jean-Michel Coustea
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by National Geographic Society (first published April 7th 2004)
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Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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I was a big fan of the Cousteau films and books when I was a youngster, so I thought I'd pick this biography up to find out more about him. Ends up this book is more, or at least as much about his son, the author Jean-Michel. And you do learn a lot of the interesting family history. Then you hit a point about 4/5 of the way through when the bottom falls out of the family, through death and indiscretions. This must have been a hard book to write. The ending explains why the beginning felt a littl ...more
Dave Forcucci
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jean-Michel shares lots of intimate stories about the Cousteau family that would have been lost had it not been for his courage to write them down. Thank you.

I always thought that the death of Phillipe was a huge blow to the Cousteau legacy and Jean-Michel confirms this. It s affected the three remaining Cousteau's in different ways.

If you want to learn the nitty gritty of the Cousteau family, this is a book like no other.
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau, spent most of his adult life nurturing the work of his famous father. In an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the legend versus the man, the younger Cousteau writes: “Captain Cousteau was a complicated man. He was a man of many different personalities, many different moods. But this is how it is with all great men, yes? We know the public mask, but it is the private face that reveals a man’s true character. It is the man ...more
A autobiografia de Jean-Michel Cousteau não me estimulou no início. Achei a narrativa entediante e literalmente transcrita de um caderno de memórias, sem a refinação necessária para um texto atraente. Fui conquistado posteriormente, porque não desisti do livro, com relatos ricos de experiências maravilhosas em terra e mar. A intimidade da vida à bordo do mítico Calypso, as expedições realizadas pela equipe comandada pelo lendário e polêmico Jacques-Yves Cousteau dono de uma desconcertante person ...more
William Graney
Sep 23, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 - Having grown up with the Undersea World, becoming a diver, and aware of all the great work Jacques & Jean-Michel Cousteau have done in trying to educate the world on the importance of preserving our oceans I was well acquainted with the Cousteau's going in. There were elements of the Cousteau family I was unaware of in regards to certain controversies and living arrangements. Those types of things are not particularly important to me but towards the end of the book these topics altered ...more
Elaine Dowling
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
This is an affectionate look at the life of Jacques Cousteau from the perspective of his oldest son. The book addresses warts and all and appears to do so with both some honesty and some of the spin adult children can use to make the sins of the Father more palatable. It is not a long book, and it cannot be called well written. However, if you grew up mesmerized by the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau, it is a fairly brief look an an interesting man.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Although there have been other biographies written about Jacques Cousteau, this is the first written by his son, Jean-Michel. It also happens to have been the first one I've read. Although I grew up watching "The Undersea World of Jacques-Cousteau, I knew very little about the man himself, so I enjoyed getting to know him better, so to speak. Recommended for those who like Cousteau, or the ocean, or scuba diving, etc.
Nov 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid in the 1970s I was exposed to the great underwater adventures of Jacques Cousteau so I enjoyed reading all the innovative man through the viewpoint of his eldest son. Jean-Michel does a fine job of putting words to the activities of his father known afectionately as JYC. Co-Author Daniel Paisner surely made major contributions to this book which reveals plenty of behind the scenes nuances. Take a look at this book.
Henry Luciano
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
An interesting and honest perspective of the Cousteau family. Renewed my long forgotten interest in "the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" and found some of the earlier works mentioned in the book.
Arnel Bondoc
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
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Nov 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Honest biography of the famous Cousteau by the son of his first marriage. Don't read if you are happy thinking he could do no wrong.
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