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Above and Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis

March 22, 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Above and Beyond: John F. Kennedy and America's Most Dangerous Cold War Spy Mission by Michael J. Tougias.

This program focused on the little-known story of U-2 pilots who flew from Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on Cuba, which sparked an international crisis that brought U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of war. One pilot was fatally shot down by the Soviets, in an incident that was covered up and later revealed by U-2 pilot Jerry McIlmoyle of Venice, Florida. Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times best-selling author and co-author of 29 books. Among his bestsellers are “The Finest Hours” (Disney Motion Pictures’ version opened in 45 countries in January 2016), “Fatal Forecast,” “Overboard,” “King Philip’s War,” and “There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe.”

This program is a partnership between Florida Humanities and the Friends of the North Indian River County Library. Funding for this program was provided by Florida Humanities and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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March 22, 2022 @ 2:00 pm -
March 22, 2022 @ 3:30 pm


Presenter Information:
Michael Tougias, Author
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Event Contact:

Lynn Walsh
(772) 321-4527

Event Venue:

North Indian River County Library
1001 Sebastian Boulevard
Sebastian, FL 32958 United States
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