BRAD MATSEN is the author of "Titanic's Last Secrets," "Descent: The Heroic Discovery of the Abyss," and many other books about the sea and its inhabitants. He was a creative producer for the television series "The Shape of Life," and his articles on marine science and the environment have appeared in "Mother Jones, Audubon," and "Natural History," among other publications. He lives on Vashon Island, off the coast of Washington State.
Advance Praise for "Jacques Cousteau""Like the subject of this book, Brad Matsen has found his true milieu; the deep ocean. Now he brings his very special brilliance to illuminate the undersea world of Jacques Cousteau. He has done a masterful job in this much-needed, revealing biography of the ocean's most illustrious adventurer, filmmaker, conservationist, and advocate."--Richard Ellis, author of "Tuna: A Love Story "and "On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear""Jacques Cousteau was a genius who became an icon that became a legend. His legacy continues every time anyone dons a scuba tank, or even thinks of an undersea image. Matsen's book, perfect for beachside or bedside, is a worthy chronicle of a truly whale-sized life."--Carl Safina, president and cofounder of the Blue Ocean Institute"A marvelous story. Matsen's biography made me realize I knew almost nothing about the incredible inventor, scientist, businessman, explorer, and environmentalist that was Jacques Cousteau. I owe my career as a professional diver to him. Undoubtedly, this biography will inspire a new generation of divers to take to the water."--John Chatterton, celebrated scuba diver and cohost of the television series "Deep Sea Detectives""I have looked into the sea all my life, and Cousteau has always been there, leading and guiding my journey. But the heroic image of the French explorer who informed, enlightened, and entertained us was as mysterious as the depths he plumbed. Now Brad Matsen shines light on the man behind the icon. A fascinating exploration of a true legend of the sea!"--Richie Kohler, celebrated scuba diver and cohost of the television series "Deep Sea Detectives"