In a multimedia presentation based on his newly published co-authored book, Above and Beyond: the Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis, New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias first chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and then outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots who flew unarmed over Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the island. Tougias will also discuss four lesser-known incidents that had the world on the edge of nuclear war.

Tougias is best-known for his seven award-winning books examining extraordinary survivors and rescuers, including The Finest Hours (now a Disney Movie), Ten Hours Until Dawn, A Storm Too Soon, Overboard, Fatal Forecast and Rescue of the Bounty