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Distinguished Speaker Series | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue

5-March from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Distinguished Speaker Series | U-boats So Close to Home and The Finest Hours: The Coast Guard’s Greatest Rescue

Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will appear at the Custom House on Thursday, March 5, 2020, from 6:00pm-7:00pm. He will be giving a two part multi-media presentation. The first part covers his new book U-Boats so Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During WWII. The second part of the program features his bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.


About the Presenter: 

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 29 books. A versatile writer, he has been publishing in almost every category including history, young adult, humor, nature, and historical fiction. He is best known for his seven survival at sea books such as A Storm too Soon, Rescue of the Bounty, Fatal Forecast, and The Finest Hours. His first maritime book, Ten Hours Until Dawn, is a true story of heroism off the coast of Massachusetts during the Blizzard of 1978, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.”

So Close to Home, written with Boston Globe journalist Alison O’Leary, combines his passion for history and true survival stories. His latest book Above and Beyond is about an untold story during the Cuban Missile Crisis, received a starred review from Booklist, which said “This superbly written and tense account views the Cuban Missile Crisis from an unusual and telling perspective.” Michael co-wrote King Philip’s Indian War as well as a novel and love story set during the war titled, Until I Have No Country. His humor and outdoor book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be won the Independent Publishers Association Award for “The Best Nature Book of the Year.” Many of his books have been adapted for middle readers.

Tougias also gives inspirational presentations for business groups and colleges sharing what he has learned from survivors and rescuers about overcoming adversity, making sound decisions, and leadership. His newest presentation, “President Kennedy’s Decision-Making During the Cuban Missile Crisis” is drawn from his new book on the same subject titled Above & Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Most Dangerous Spy Mission. When he is not writing he is either fishing on the ocean or trout fishing in northern rivers. Michael splits his time between Florida, Massachusetts, and the cabin in Vermont with the Porcupine still living in the outhouse.

Sponsored in part by the Helmerich Trust and Lee Garrison


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