Cousteau: An Unauthorized Biography

 
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One of the most influential men of the twentieth century, Jacques Cousteau was an eco-emissary whose own life of derring-do brought him fame and the means to proselytize his cause. Ecologist, adventurer, celebrity, businessman—Cousteau was a brilliant and complex individual, and Madsen’s biography captures him in style. Madsen, who knew the Cousteau family for over two decades, interviewed Cousteau personally for this book.

 

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Axel Madsen authored twenty-two books, including sixteen biographies. His most notable works include an in-depth look at the life of a legendary fashion icon, Chanel: A Woman of Her Own, and an investigation of the relationship between Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy, Gloria and Joe: The Star-Crossed Love Affair of Gloria Swanson and Joe Kennedy. Madsen began his journalism career as a legman for columnist Art Buchwald in Paris, and later wrote one of the first books on television’s longest-running news magazine show, 60 Minutes: The Power and the Politics of America’s Most Popular TV News Show. As a 20th Century Fox publicist, he handled Robert Redford, Paul Newman, and George C. Scott, and was fired off Myra Breckinridge for siding with director Mike Sarne against producer Robert Fryer. His Hollywood biographies include the life stories of directors William Wyler, John Huston, and Barbara Stanwyck, as well as an examination of Golden Age Hollywood’s gay underground in The Sewing Circle. He wrote and produced the ITV documentary version of The Sewing Circle. Over the years, Madsen interviewed scores of movers and shakers, from legends like Goldwyn and Selznick to directors like Howard Hawks, Louis Milestone, and Rouben Mamoulian. Madsen died in 2007.

 

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This is the first biography of Cousteau since Genie Iverson's study for young people ( Jacques Cousteau, Putnam, new ed. 1976.) It is an engaging account of a man who, by following the tradition of 19th-century ocean explorers, led the way in cinematic popularization of ocean ecology. The many facets of Cousteau's life are noted, from his inventions (the aqualung, underwater habitats) to the development of his particular style of expedition. Madsen also looks at the man and what drives himwithout skirting sensitive issues. Among these are the less attractive aspects of Cousteau's personality and his difficulties with his family. Unfortunately, Madsen discusses these interesting topics only briefly. Cousteau: a biography is too short to cover comprehensively such a long, fascinating life. Susan Klimley, Columbia Univ. Libs.
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