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Lecture: Michael Tougias

April 29, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT

Above and Beyond: Almost Armageddon at Sea during the Cuban Missile Crisis

Presented by Michael Tougias

Tickets are required for all evening lectures.
General admission tickets are $5 each.
Mariners’ Museum Member Tickets are FREE.

Lecture begins at 7:00 PM

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A Lecture Series favorite, Michael Tougias returns to tell his newest tale of high-stakes survival – this time, with a political twist. His book, Above and Beyond, chronicles the 13 harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the US Navy’s role in the Cold War’s most traumatic moment. He recounts the near-disaster at sea during the US’s blockade of Cuba, the U-2 pilots who flew over the island, and President Kennedy’s decision-making. Would a Soviet ship or submarine test the 500-mile quarantine zone? And if so, would our naval ships risk world war by sinking a Russian ship or depth charging a sub? Tougias analyzes Kennedy’s choices, and examines how close our Navy came to attacking the Soviets.

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April 29, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT


The Mariners’ Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606 United States
(757) 596-2222