Clive Cussler Success Story

Clive Cussler Success Story

Clive Eric Cussler


Clive Cussler is an American Marine Archeologist and an Adventure Novelist. Cussler is Founder-cum-Chairman, National Underwater and Marine agency. His novels feature in the best-seller list of New York Times. His first non-fiction book was the Sea Hunters which released in the year 1996. Cussler has written approximately 60 books.


Cussler was born on 15th July 1931 in Aurora,Illinois. He grew up in Alhambra,California. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout when he was just 14. Cussler attended the Pasadena City College.

Early Career


Cussler enrolled himself in the United States Air Force and served in the Korean War. He was a member of the Air Force administration. Cussler was promoted to a Sergeant. He served as an aircraft mechanicanda flight engineer in the Military Air Transport Service. He then took to writing as a career.



Cussler started his career in writing as a copywriterand creative director for advertising agencies. He worked on several television commercials, many of which won international acclaim. Later in 1996, , Cussler received the Doctor of Letters degree fromy the State University of New York Maritime College with the release of his first book, The Sea Hunters was released. He was awarded the Naval Heritage Award by the US Navy Memorial Foundation for his inexplicable work in the area of marine exploration.

Cussler’s books are techno-thrillers. The first two novels in the Pitt series, Iceberg and The Mediterranean Caper, were relatively predictable maritime thrillers, but the third novel, Raise the Titanic placed him in a different league and defined the path that subsequent novels from the series would follow. Cussler has more than seventeen successive titles feature in The New York Times fiction best-seller list.

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Some of Cussler’s popular books include, Sahara (1992), Raise the Titanic! (1976), The Mediterranean Caper (1973), Iceberg (1975), Pacific Vortex (1983), White Death (2003), Atlantis Found (1999) and The Chase (2007). His nonfiction work includes The Sea Hunters I & II, Clive Cussler and Dark Pitt Revealed and Built for Adventure. Cussler has written two children’s books, The Adventures of Vinn Fiz and The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy.

Personal Life


Cussler was married to Barbara Knight for almost fifty years till her death in 2003. They have three children; Teri, Dayna and Dirk. Cussler has four grandchildren.

Clive Cussler Interview at ThrillerFest 2015