The Hampton Falls Free Library is hosting a virtual Zoom presentation, sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities and led by bestselling author Michael J Tougias on Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30pm

In this multimedia presentation based on the book Above & Beyond , 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. Tougias will also focus on three lesser-known events that put us on the brink of nuclear war: 1) The shoot-down of Major Rudolph Anderson who was killed in his U-2 by a Soviet Surface to Air Missile over Cuba. 2) The accidental incursion of a U-2 from Alaska into Soviet air space, and the chase that ensued, including fighter jets with nuclear tipped missiles. 3) The Russian submarine commander who wanted to launch his nuclear torpedo when the Americans tried to force him to the surface.

Michael J. Tougias is best-known for his seven award-winning books, including The Finest Hours , examining extraordinary survivors and rescuers.

Sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities, the program is free and open to the public.

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