Customer Reviews

20
5 star
75%
4 star
25%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
My Father, the Captain: My Life With Jacques Cousteau
Format: HardcoverChange
Price:$20.21+Free shipping with Amazon Prime

Your rating(Clear)Rate this item
Share your thoughts with other customers

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2010
Really - Jacques Cousteau is one of the truly unique persons who helped define the 20th century. Almost through him alone did we all learn about the world of the ocean. Jean-Michel was there for so much of the exploration as Jacques always knew his life's work should be shared with his family. Buy this book if you have ANY interest in Cousteau. There have been other biographies, but consider the source and the respect of the writer for his subject. It's a bit sentimental at times, but I grew up with Cousteau's articles in National Geographic, his show, the "Undersea World of..." and so nostalgia and sentimentality is part of the whole Cousteau ethos.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2010
An insight into the human side of Jacques Cousteau and provides a very emotional trip through his life and that of his Family. A fascinating and personal view into the life of a very public man. A view of what a family can mean, and how easily it can be lost.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Here is a fresh portrait of the legendary Jacques Cousteau as seen through the eyes of his oldest son, documentary filmmaker and educator Jean-Michel. While touching on the high points of his professional career (and there are only high points), this biography is foremost a personal account, offering a rare behind-the-scenes view of the famous inventor, photographer, filmmaker, ecologist, author and visionary that was Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Telling is the story of an early car crash, which changed the elder Cousteau's life course. When his shattered arm turned gangrenous, Cousteau refused an amputation, stating: "I would rather die than live without both my arms." After several years of physical therapy in the ocean, he recovered almost full use of the arm; the accident truncated his trajectory towards Admiral but fixed his compass on the sea. And live he did, with garrulous charm, curiosity, relentless will, innovation and immense courage. In MY FATHER, THE CAPTAIN, Jacques Cousteau emerges as a complex, multifaceted man of brilliant gifts and complex contradictions. As Jean-Michel Cousteau writes:

"The moment we understand and accept the way other people live--other species, even--is the moment we can find a satisfactory solution to whatever problem we are confronting. My father understood this concept especially well. It was among his many gifts to be able to step outside himself and see a situation from another point of view. He saw the world as a sailor, as a businessman, as a moviegoer, as a fish. And the world looked back admiringly, for he couldn't help but understand. He placed himself in the perspective of others, and in this way found the points of connection that made his work so memorable, so meaningful."

Fitting nicely into both the science and biography genres, this cross-over book would be an excellent addition to any school or library. The writing is on a level that young adults can understand yet find challanging enough for further exploration and study.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2012
1st the book was received in new condition.Any one interested in Jacques Cousteau or the Calipso will find it informative.Since I'm a Scuba diver , I thoroughly enjoyed it.They gave us the door to the Under Water World & learned the Oceans depths.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 5, 2014
I really liked this honest testament to Jean-Michel's life with, and at times away from, his dad. It came signed by the author as an added and unexpected bonus.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 11, 2010
All the insight into what made the man that changed the world forever. He was more than I ever knew and contributed more than I ever imagined. Brilliant read.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on September 7, 2012
This book is well worth the money if you enjoy all that the oceans have to offer us and a bit of history with it. The early days of the Cousteau family and how things came to be. All very interesting and great views from the eyes of one of the Cousteau's children.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on August 11, 2013
The book gave an inside-the-family view of Jacques Cousteau and his family as well as his explorations. It covers many years so does not give great depth into any one area of exploration but leads you to find additional resources or films. Fun to read!
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on February 15, 2014
This is a great book all about Captain Jacques Cousteau written by his son Jean- Michel. A wonderful insight into Jaques Cousteau life. Also contains some wonderful photos. Would recommend this book to all sea lovers.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
on September 9, 2014
Although I haven't finished reading it. For me it's a great book.
To learn more of who Jacques Yves Cousteau was and how he
was inspired.
0CommentWas this review helpful to you?YesNoSending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Send us feedback

How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you?
Let us know here.