Above and Beyond
with co-author Michael Tougias
Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 1:30PM
King Library

Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America’s Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission
with co-author Michael Tougias

From the authors of the bestselling “The Finest Hours” comes the riveting, deeply human story of President John F. Kennedy and two U-2 pilots, Rudy Anderson and Chuck Maultsby, who risked their lives to save America during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

JFK secretly audio-recorded every meeting conducted during the Cuban Missile Crisis. These transcripts, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, form the basis of this fascinating analysis into JFK’s successful decision-making. Tougias has interviewed the U-2 pilots who discovered the missiles, eliciting special insights that have remained undisclosed in the intervening 53 years.

“Above and Beyond” is the intimate, gripping, first-hand account of the lives of these three war heroes who were brought together during a day that changed history.


Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times best-selling author and co-author of 29 books.  His first maritime book, “Ten Hours Until Dawn,” 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.”  He is best known for his seven survival-at-sea books, including “A Storm Too Soon,” “Rescue of the Bounty,” “Fatal Forecast,” and “The Finest Hours,” which is now a major motion picture by Disney. Michael enjoys the challenge of writing all types of books and has won awards for books in the categories of humor, young adult, and history. When he is not writing, he is either fishing on the ocean or trout fishing in northern rivers.

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Join us for the film screening of Thirteen Days on March 13th.


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