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"Fascinating, informative, exhilarating book, and, I wager, it will at the very least have you testing how long you can hold your breath."
Wall Street Journal

"Put Deep at the top of your reading list. This book will do for the oceans what Cosmos did for space. It's mind-bending, intrepid, and inspiring."
Po Bronson

"We’ve all seen documentary footage of strange deep-sea creatures, trundling along a hazy ocean floor, maybe even glowing in the dark. But how much do we really know about these ecosystems, and how much have we forgotten about our own profound connection to the ocean? With verve and humor, the author describes his own risk-taking attempts to understand the ocean's ancient secrets and future potential and the daring and brilliant people who have dedicated their lives to probing deeper ... [Nestor's] writing is sharp, colorful, and thrilling ... Bring[s] the ocean to life from a research perspective as well as a human one. An adventurous and frequently dazzling look at our planet's most massive habitat."

"A thrilling account, made timely by the rapidly changing state of earth’s most expansive environment." —Publishers Weekly
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Covering a diving championship in Greece on a hot and sticky assignment for Outside magazine, James Nestor discovered free diving. He had stumbled on one of the most extreme sports in existence: a quest to extend the frontiers of human experience, in which divers descend without breathing equipment, for hundreds of feet below the water, for minutes after they should have died from lack of oxygen. Sometimes they emerge unconscious, or bleeding from the nose and ears, and sometimes they don't come up at all.

The free divers were Nestor's way into an exhilarating and dangerous world of deep-sea pioneers, underwater athletes, scientists, spear fishermen, billionaires and ordinary men and women who are poised on the brink of some amazing discoveries about the ocean. Soon he was visiting the scientists who live 60ft underwater (and are permanently high on nitrous dioxide), swimming with the notorious man-eating sharks of Réunion and descending thousands of feet in a homemade submarine. And on the way down, he learnt about the amazing amphibious reflexes activated in the human body under deep-water conditions, why dolphins were injected with LSD in an attempt to teach them to talk, and why sharks like AC/DC.

The sea covers seventy per cent of Earth's surface, and still contains answers to questions about the world we are only beginning to ask: Deep blends science and adventure to uncover its amazing secrets.

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Life in the Trenches 13 mai 2014
Par sneaky-sneaky - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Deep diving as a competitive sport is a nasty business laced with blackouts, bleedouts, and final-outs. Freediving for pleasure is a meditative way to reconnect with nature, the environment, and our hidden mammalian ancestry. James Nestor narrates sublime benthic passages that extol the hallucinogenic virtues of yoga exercises that prepare your body for breath holds of three minutes plus. Various cultures have dived to procure food for thousands of years, and tales of fifteen-minute submergences abound. Mr. Nestor interviews competitive, recreational, and research divers, takes classes, and begins the struggle to freedive deeper than say ten feet, not as easy as it sounds.
Humans activate something called the mammalian dive reflex when we enter the water and our bodies physiologically prepare for submersed deprivation by pooling blood closer to organs. At depth, our lungs can be squeezed down to the size of baseballs without damage. As we go deeper we pare away at the modern layers of evolution exposing our aquatic ancestry, and Nestor sidebars on echolocation and magnetoreception in humans, and the useful side of freediving, as opposed to the numbers racket of the competitive divers who close their eyes and deliberately shut out the marine environment, lest their visual processing power waste precious oxygen.
Some oceanographic researchers are getting much closer to cetaceans and sharks without any equipment and hypothesize strange and beautiful spatiodimensional languages that can also see inside their prey, or echo-stun it. Dolphins might be holding two simultaneous 'conversations,' it's all so new and we just don't know.
Nestor does it all, venturing forth in a homemade submarine to -2500 feet. His body is vibrated by the clicks of sperm whales that are judging his character, intentions, and possible tastiness. He interviews researchers who have discovered the largest cells on the planet, amoebas that are four inches across yet consist of a single cell. And the book is wonderfully organized, each chapter a new depth. The science is pioneering and only a few people are engaged in it. Life on earth probably originated around hydrothermal vents, so studying the primordial ooze is not just exotic and superfluous, but necessary and fascinating.
13 internautes sur 14 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Want to kill yourself / In an interesting way? / Then try free diving! 27 juin 2014
Par S. Goldstein - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Deep was a truly fascinating book that really tells two stories. The first is of the bizarre and insane sport of freediving, which is a seemingly easy way to get killed. The second (and equally as interesting) is about the abundance of life in the ocean at its different levels of depth. Nestors style was fun to read, the book was very well organized, and he covered ocean science and anatomy/physiology in an easy-to-understand fashion.

Another review noted, and I second the notion, that this book has an interesting fact on practically every page. If you are taking a trip to or over the ocean this summer, you should check this book out! I only wish there were more pictures.
12 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great book, two unfortunate flaws. 20 octobre 2014
Par Dale Smith - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Deep is a very interesting and readable book for anyone who enjoys the ocean, or has attempted to hold their breath and experience it on a slightly deeper level. The book starts with a trip to a freediving competition and moves into use of freediving (and other means) to explore the depths of the ocean an marine mammals. Page-turners on this topic are rare, and Nestor's account is highly enjoyable. Aside from the works of Carlos Eyles I have not enjoyed reading a book about the ocean this much in a while.
Despite this, two major problems do plague the book, which should be noted but should not keep one from reading it. The first is a bit of an over-reliance on pseudoscience concerning what we really don't actually know about marine mammal capabilities. Nestor gives anecdotal accounts from non-scientists equal or greater weight than actual marine scientist opinions, and paints an unflattering (and not entirely true) picture of the latter being ocean-averse.
The second is an unnecessary sensationalism of competitive freediving. Having dove with some of these competitive freedivers (including some mentioned in the book) their preoccupation with safety is often excessive, and most freediving competitions proceed without any major problems. The event he attended was marred with several problems outside of the control of the divers, and is well-known in the freediving community as an anomaly. Freediving can, of course, be dangerous, and every dangerous sport contains participants who go beyond their capabilities and get hurt. The use of the sport as some sort of pariah springboard with which to introduce a healthier alternative of holding your breath for ocean exploration is unnecessary and unfair, but not uncommon for those attempting to grab headlines. He could have done better for this otherwise highly enjoyable book.
7 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
I can't put this book down 25 juin 2014
Par Adele - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I pre-ordered this book as soon as I heard about it. I'm in the middle of it and haven't been able to put it down. It is fascinating, scary, thrilling. Well done James Nestor!!! I applaud you for writing about a sport so few know about - and bringing it to the surface.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Hire a fact-checker! 23 juillet 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Engaging, thought-provoking and fun. However, the books is full of inexplicable fallacies and inaccuracies. Some examples: in the space of just 7 pages, Nestor defines "cetaceans" as "toothed marine mammals" (no, baleen whales are cetaceans too); he tells us a cetacean's melon is located beneath the lower jaw (no, it's above the upper jaw); and he tells us a human echolocator hears an echo 0.3 millionths of a second after the click leaves his mouth (impossible - unless the object is LESS THAN 4 THOUSANDTHS OF AN INCH AWAY - just do the math!).

I'm not an expert in any of this -- so with so many blatant inaccuracies in the stuff I DO know about, I have to question the accuracy of the more subtle stuff he's telling us that I DON'T know about.
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