Michael J. Tougias

New York Times best-selling author of The Finest Hours, Tougias shares incredible survival stories, sharing lessons about decision-making, goal attainment & resilience.

  • Author and co-author of 25 books, including The Finest HoursAbove & Beyond: JFK and America’s Most Dangerous Spy Mission, Ten Hours Until DawnFatal ForecastKing Philip’s WarRescue of the Bounty and A Storm Too Soon
  • Recipient of the American Library Association’s Editor’s Choice, and the Independent Publisher’s “Best Book in its Class”
  • Tougias wows audience’s with his multi-media presentations of survivor stories and the lessons learned that we can all use in our day to day lives for peak performance under pressure and overcoming adversityHe also has a keynote that shares the decision-making steps of JFK during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Lecture Topics include: “14 Steps to Strategic Decision-making: JFK & the Cuban Missile Crisis” , “Leadership Lessons from The Finest Hours”, “Survive and Thrive: Decision-making from Those Who Survived Against All Odds”, and Turning a Book into a Film

VIDEO: Michael Tougias’s new book ABOVE AND BEYOND


VIDEO: Michael on JFK, Cuban Missile Crisis, and Decision-Making


The Finest Hours Movie Trailer


Books by Michael J. Tougias

Finest HoursRescue of the Bounty

Storm too SoonTen Hours Till Dawn


Our audience was awed. Great delivery and well researched.

- Judith Bogue, General Dynamics

Wow! A truly memorable presentation. The strategies you outlined were right on target.

- Dr. Patrick Kelly, Chairman, NYU Surgeon’s

Your presentation was everything I hoped it would be. You hit on some key points about opportunity and change.

- Bill Berrera, Lincoln Financial Services

Members feedback was so positive, and we had over 750 people in the audience. We loved the inspirational messages.

- Kathleen Keenan, North Platte Town Lecture Series

We received fabulous comments about your uplifting program. You had us on the edge of our seats!

- Sandy Kelly, Massachusetts School Library Association Annual Conference

An inspiring talk with many practical lessons

- Angie Amour, St. Michael’s College