Program Details

Fourteen Steps to Strategic Decision Making: JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Michael Tougias
History / International Relations

Course Description

In this multi-media presentation, author and keynote speaker, Tougias provides the audience with the information needed to make winning decisions. 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. The information is based on Tougias’ upcoming book, Above & Beyond: Kennedy and the U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis. In this presentation, Tougias shares the techniques President Kennedy used to achieve a difficult objective: have the nuclear missiles removed from Cuba without triggering nuclear Armageddon. It’s an especially timely topic today with current tensions with North Korea and Russia. President Kennedy 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 successful decision-making. Tougias has also spent time with the U-2 pilots who discovered the missiles, and the family of Major Rudolph Anderson who was shot down by a Soviet Surface to Air Missile over Cuba. The Anderson incident and two other obscure near-disasters took the country to the brink of nuclear war. All three events are discussed in this presentation.

About the Instructor

  • Michael Tougias is a NY Times Bestselling author of 29 books including, The Finest Hours, which was brought to the big screen by Disney starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. His nonfiction books primarily focus on lesser-known historical events. He lectures across the country. His latest book, So Close To Home, chronicles the first U-boat to enter the Gulf of Mexico and the survival at sea story of an American family who was on a ship torpedoed by this German submarine. He is the author a new bestseller on JFK and The Cuban Missile Crisis titled Above & Beyond. Tougias has appeared on The Weather Channel, The Travel Channel, ABC's 20/20, Fox & Friends, National NPR and many other national TV and Radio shows.

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