My Father The Captain
(Dive Travel Business News - June 4, 2010) -- Legendary underwater explorer and filmmaker Jacques-Yves Cousteau was born 100 years ago, on June 11, 1910. To mark the centenary of his birth, National Geographic Books has published a memoir by his eldest son, Jean-Michel, the noted French environmentalist, educator and film producer who has spent much of his adult life nurturing the work of his famous father.
In My Father, The Captain: My Life with Jacques Cousteau, Jean-Michel Cousteau takes an open and intimate look at the life he shared with his father, shedding new and meaningful light on the life and work of a man who inspired millions to reconsider our relationship with the sea and its creatures-and, in the process, to understand a little more about himself and his family as well.
Jean-Michel also shared his father's wish to educate children to be future ambassadors of the sea, and he founded the Ocean Futures Society, a marine conservation and education organization, to continue his father's legacy.
"My father introduced the world to the grand, enlightening adventures of the seas; he helped develop the 'sport' of diving and opened up the oceans in such a way that people could swim like fish, unencumbered and free; and his cameras recorded the spectacular sounds and sights of the deep and brought them into our living rooms. Such boundless wonder all from one man. And so I took it upon myself to share these precious gifts with as many children as I could, to open up the seas for them in the same way my father had opened them up for me."
The original French edition of Jean-Michel's 2004 memoir, "Mon Père, le Commandant," published to critical acclaim, provides the foundation for My Father, The Captain. But the new version is shot-through with new material and fresh insights into the life and mind of a man who helped to jump-start a global conservation effort that continues to flourish. Jean-Michel Cousteau and
his collaborator, New York Times best-selling author Daniel Paisner, offer
an intimate reappraisal of the many touchstone moments Jean-Michel shared
with his father, as well as the seminal moments from his father's life that
have become part of the Cousteau family lore and legend.
National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0683-2; $26 eBook and hardcover
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