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CCCC Cook Series Presentation Explores The Finest Hours: The Most Daring Rescue in U. S. Coast Guard History

Michael TougiasCloud County Community College in Concordia will host “The Finest Hours,” a presentation by Michael Tougias, on November 5 at 7:00 p.m. at Cloud County Community College’s Cook Theatre, 2221 Campus Drive in Concordia as part of the college’s Cook Series.

Tougias is the author of several bestsellers, including The Finest Hours, soon to be a major motion picture starring Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, and Ben Foster. The Finest Hours is the true story of the most dramatic small-boat rescue in U. S. Coast Guard history. It's a gripping story of heroism and survival with the same intensity as the bestselling book and movie The Perfect Storm.

A nature writer, passionate survival expert, and dynamic speaker, Tougias shares what he has learned from survivors and rescuers about decision-making, goal attainment, and resilience.  His multi-media presentation highlight lessons learned that we can all use in our lives to achieve peak performance under pressure and overcome adversity.

In addition to writing about shipwrecks and sea rescues, Tougias is well-known for diverse genres, from hiking guides and humorous back-to-nature books (There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe) to history books and even a memoir written with his daughter Kristin entitled The Cringe Chronicles: Mortifying Misadventures with My Dad.  His current projects are two books, one about the U-2 spyplane pilot shot down over Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis and the other about a family surviving  a German U-boat attack in the Gulf of Mexico.

For more information about Tougias, his website is

The evening will begin with a short presentation of the annual Marion D. Cook Legacy Award to Dr. Everett Miller for outstanding achievement in supporting the arts and humanities in the area.  This presentation will be followed by Mr. Tougias’s presentation. 

All Cook Series events are free and open to the public.  Contact Brenton Phillips, Dean of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Business at the college at 785-243-1435 for more information.




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