For Michael Tougias (pronounced “Toe-gis”)


Michael Tougias is a lecturer and award-winning author of 18 books.  His book Fatal Forecast: An Incredible Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea was praised by the Los Angeles Times as “a breathtaking book – Tougias spins a marvelous and terrifying yarn.” He also co-authored the bestseller The Finest Hours: The True Story of the Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue. The author’s other true adventure book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, 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”.   Tougias has researched dozens of survival stories and includes them in his lecture for businesses titled, Survival Lessons: Decision-making Under Pressure.


On a lighter note, Tougias chronicled his misadventures at his remote cabin in Vermont in his award-winning book There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wanna-be.  This book won the Independent Publishers Association Award for the “The Best Nature Book of the Year.” 


“My publishers probably wish I’d stay with one topic or theme, but I choose a topic based on how passionate I am about the subject. So one year I might write about a 400 mile kayak trip I took down the Connecticut River, and the next be writing a survival story of men against the sea.  My next book falls into the latter category, a story about five people on a sailboat that run into a storm.  Two people are swept overboard and three are still on the sinking boat.  The story follows all five individuals and their struggle for survival.  The title is “Overboard!” and the book will be released by Simon and Schuster in April of 2010.”


  1. I read in the St. Michael’s College magazine that your first
    published work was an article on the Charles River. I grew
    up on the river and would love to read that article. Where
    can I find it. Thanks. Michael

  2. Hi Michael, I am trying to reach you…(email you)but it won’t let me send a note. Please email me or call me at 617-724-9649. My sister is anxious to have you come speak in NH.
    (In case you don’t remember me… you were our keynote speaker for ASIS, International – Boston Chapter EXPO) Hope all is well! thanks

  3. Mike: Are you the same fellow who got through Mrs. Dudley’s Latin with me? I’m so glad to see you’re doing so well! Please let me know if you’re the same guy who graduated from Longmeadow High. Leigh (Taylor) Smith, 55 yrs old, now living in St. Albans, VT

  4. I would like to invite you to speak at the South County Regional Library in Estero, Florida in February 2012. Please reply if you are interested.

    I have a mariner in the family at the Columbia River Bar Pilots in Astoria, Oregon. You might check out their website for story ideas in the future

  5. Hi Michael, Just a note to inform you or the Disney people making the film of The Finest Hours, that I have some 16mm film of the survivors leaving the Chatham Coast Guard Station to board a bus to head home. Also showing close up views of Pendelton wreck shortly after.

    Dick Fulcher
    65 Shane Drive
    Chatham, MA 02633

  6. Thank you, and Casey, for your book, “The Finest Hour”. Just finished reading it and would like to talk with both of you of a rescue in Southeast Alaska in 1987. The Coast Guard Crew were well decorated for their bravery, also.
    By the way, the engine that was removed from the boat,CG36500, for restoration was not the same engine at the time of this rescue. As stated, this engine was a GM-471 which is a diesel engine. In the rescue, it is stated that the engine is gasoline. (I have worked on a large number of GM/Detroit engines, both 53 and 71 series)

  7. Hi Michael. My name is Jill and I am the Outdoor Enrichment Coordinator at the Carroll Center for the Blind in Newton. I enjoyed reading Quabbin: A History and Explorers Guide. I am wondering if you would be interested in leading a group of blind and visually impaired adults on a hike in that region this spring. Please e-mail me or call me at 774-571-4048.

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