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Speaking Topics Available


If you are interested in booking one of the following presentations for your library or non-profit, contact Michael Tougias at


Extreme Survival: Lessons from Those Who Have Triumphed Against All Odds

The Strange Case of the Laconia: A WWII Story of Disaster, Survival, and a Cover-up

Rescue of the Bounty: Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy


A Storm Too Soon: A True Story of Disaster, Survival, and Incredible Rescue (A 2007 rescue where even the rescue swimmer needs to be rescued! )


Overboard! (A true survival at sea story of a sailboat crew on their way from Connecticut to Bermuda in 2005)


The Finest Hours: The Coast Guards Most Daring Rescue (True Story off Cape Cod)


Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Story of Disaster and Survival at Sea (True story of a Massachusetts man’s epic fight for survival)


Survival Lessons: Decision-making and Peak Performance Under Pressure


Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do  (Heroism and tragedy during the Blizzard of 1978.)


Quabbin Reservoir: A History and Explorers Guide (History of lost towns, construction of reservoir, wildlife and more)


There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse!  (Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe) Based on the award-winning book by the same title, this presentation combines outdoor humor with learning about nature and wildlife (the hard way!).


400 Miles Down the Connecticut River (a journey from the source to the sea, with many surprises)


King Philip’s Indian War (Using slides and maps, follow a historic journey of this war between the Colonists and Native Americans.)


The Hidden Charles (a Charles River chronicle)


Indian Wars of New England


Quiet Places of Massachusetts


The Blizzard of '78 (stories from inside the storm of the century)

Growing up in the 1960’s & 70’s  (Based on the new book The Waters Between Us: A Boy, A Father, Outdoor Misadventures, and the Healing Power of Nature)

Untold Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Little Known story of President Kennedy and the U-2 Spy Plane pilot shot down over Cuba during Missile Crisis, based on my bestseller Above & Beyond)

U-Boats So Close To Home (A True Story of an American Family’s Survival During WWII off our coast.   Includes the Uboat commander’s War Diary)


The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis (Harrowing story of survival. The sinking of Indianapolis resulted in the greatest single loss of life at sea from a single ship in the history of the US Navy. Tougias will also discuss why certain people survive against all odds)  This program will be ready March 2022


No Will Set You Free: Learn to set boundaries and take back your time!


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