Michael Tougias

Children’s & YA Author
NYT Bestseller
Travels from: Boston, MA

“A masterful account of one of history’s most poignant and tragic secrets.” —#1 New York Times-bestelling author Lee Child

Michael J. Tougias is a New York Times bestselling author and co-author of 30 books for adults and 7 for children and young adults. 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. His book Ten Hours Until Dawn was selected by the American Library Association as “One of the Best Books of the Year.”

In conjunction with MacMillan Publishing he has his own series for middle readers.  Called the True Rescue Series, four books have been released including The Finest Hours, Into the Blizzard, Attacked At Sea, and A Storm Too Soon. All four of the books are Junior Library Guild Selections and Scholastic Selections.

Tougias lectures across the country on each of his book topics. He also offers leadership/inspirational programs for business groups, and has spoken to companies and organizations such as General Dynamics, Raytheon, Massachusetts School Library Association, New York University Surgeons Round Table and many more. He is also a frequent guest on NPR programs, The Weather Channel, Fox & Friends, 20/20, and national talk shows. He is an avid outdoorsman and donates his time to protecting open space. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT.

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True Rescue 6: Rescue of the Bounty (Young Readers Edition): Disaster and Survival in Superstorm Sandy (True Rescue Series)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) |

Book six in the True Rescue series for young readers, this pulse-pounding account of disaster and survival at sea follows the HMS Bounty whose fateful course through Superstorm Sandy would lead to one of the most heroic Coast Guard rescue missions ever…

On October 23, 2012, with Superstorm Sandy fast approaching, Captain Robin Walbridge made the fateful decision to sail the HMS Bounty from New London, Connecticut to St. Petersburg, Florida, believing the wooden ship, a replica of the original, famous Bounty, would fare better at sea than at port. He told the crew that anyone who did not want to come on the voyage could leave the ship and there would be no hard feelings. No one took the captain up on his offer, and this decision would have fatal consequences.

Four days into the voyage, Superstorm Sandy made an almost direct hit on the Bounty—sending the crew tumbling into the ocean filled with crashing thirty-foot waves. Some were swept far from the ship, others found themselves tangled in the rigging, while others were trapped below the surface by the masts and spreaders. What ensued was one of the most complex, dangerous, and massive Coast Guard rescue missions in history. Rescue of the Bounty from authors Michael J. Tougias and Douglas Campbell is a gripping, inspiring, and unforgettable account—the perfect choice for young adventure-seekers, as well as fans of I Survived, Torpedoed, and Grenade.

No Will Set You Free: Learn to Say No, Set Boundaries, Stop People Pleasing, and Live a Fuller Life

Mango |

Break Free and Learn To Say No

We’ve all been taught to seize the moment and say yes without considering the downside. No Will Set You Free empowers you to take back your life and control your own time again.

Be happy to just say “Hell No “. No, thank you. Maybe some other time. “No” can come in many shapes and sizes, yet saying it can be difficult. We may think it’s selfish but this simple word is necessary to thrive in life. This informative, self-help-style, learn to say no book helps you discover and follow your true desires, find more time to invest in those you love, and pursue your real interests.

Learn to say “No” finally. Saying no can be hard. Really hard. Author Michael J. Tougias understands. As a former people-pleaser himself, Michael wields a combination of research, personal stories, and proven methods to help us understand our actions and stop saying yes. Through his witty rapport detailing his own setbacks and triumphs, we learn how to stop people-pleasing and how to, ultimately, honor our authentic selves.

Inside No Will Set You Free, you’ll Find:

  • Studies that help us understand our urge to say yes and how to learn to say no
  • Personal stories and anecdotes about the journey to “No”, how it relieves stress, and leads to a more productive life
  • Steps, tips, and tricks to control your life through the power of No


If you liked Boundaries; The Art of Saying NO; or Set Boundaries, Find Peace; you’ll love No Will Set You Free.

There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse: The Vermont Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe

Lyons Press |

NATURE BOOK OF THE YEAR Sequel to the author’s new book, The Waters Between Us (Lyons, March, 2021), about growing up loving the woods and fields and streams of his native Massachusetts and wanting since boyhood to live like a mountain man in the woods. Having acquired a forest cabin in the course of the first book, There’s a Porcupine in my Outhouse details his further adventures hunting and fishing far from other humans. PRAISE FOR THERE’S A PORCUPINE IN MY OUTHOUSE “This is the way natural history should be taught-by a good storyteller with a sense of humor.” -Audubon Magazine “Tougias recounts his experiences with candor and humor. He blends the adventures of Lewis and Clark with the vision of John Muir.” -Cape Cod Times “A very funny memoir. Tougias learned from his cabin experience and today he is one of New England’s leading nature writers.” -Book Views “This is an honest book that asks us to admit our ignorance of much of the natural process and our fears of all those unknown things that ‘go bump in the night’ when we visit friends in the country. Tougias tempers each small disaster with good humor and a growing love for a world that he at first finds completely foreign, but which he ultimately realizes he cannot part with.” -Bill Eddy, author of The Other Side of the World Here are Michael Tougias’ adventures at a tiny A-frame cabin in Northern Vermont where he learns that nature has a way of becoming our instructor. This funny, honest, and personal account is the perfect book for anyone who loves the outdoors and loves to laugh.

In Harm’s Way (Young Readers Edition): The Sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the Story of Its Survivors (True Rescue Series)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) |

A young readers edition of Doug Stanton and Michael J. Tougias’ New York Times bestseller In Harm’s Way—a riveting World War II account of the greatest maritime disaster in US naval history.

“A masterful account of one of history’s most poignant and tragic secrets.” —#1 New York Times-bestelling author Lee Child

On July 30, 1945, the U.S.S. Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and hallucinations.

By the time rescue arrived, all but 316 men had died. The captain’s subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered: How did the navy fail to realize the Indianapolis was missing? And how did these 316 men manage to survive against all odds?

This thrilling wartime account of heroism and survival, Book 5 in the True Rescue narrative nonfiction series, is inspiring and unforgettable—the perfect choice for young adventure-seekers.

The Waters Between Us: A Boy, a Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature

Lyons Press |

Untamed. Unsupervised. Uncontrolled. Boyhood in the 1960s and ’70s was a time for exploration and mischief. Author Michael Tougias found more than his share of misadventures in the woods and on the water: some life-threatening but others innocently hilarious. Over time – and after reading a multitude of adventure books — these experiences took shape in his quest to be a mountain man, owning a cabin in the forest and living off the land. Part of that dream would come true, but only after a family tragedy that shook his world and forced changes in his life. This is also a story of a complex and strained relationship between father and son, the efforts at understanding, and ultimately respect and devotion. In The Waters Between Us Tougias channels Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods” to mix laugh out loud humor with insight into the natural world through the eyes of a curious boy. Tougias is a New York Times Bestselling author and co-author of 31 books, including There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse (Winner of the Independent Publishers “Best Nature Book of the Year”) and The Finest Hours (inspiration for a 2016 Disney movie). He has received many writing awards.

The Finest Hours

The real rescue and the making of the Disney Movie: an inside look at Hollywood (Adult, middle reader, and chapter book versions available)

Survive & Thrive

The key to inner strength and making the right decisions by those who survived against all odds .

Fourteen Steps to Strategic Decision Making

President Kennedy and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Includes declassified slides from the crisis and the pilots of the U-2 Spy Planes, one of whom was shot down and killed by the Soviets over Cuba).

Write Your Book

Tips on writing memoirs, fiction, non-fiction, finding a publisher, agent or self publishing.

U-Boats So Close to Home

Little-Known chapter of WWII when German Uboats came all the way to the mouth of the MS River. (adult and middle reader version books available).

Humor & Nature: A Voyage of Discovery

A presentation based on two bestsellers – There’s A Porcupine In My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe and The Waters Between Us: A Boy, A Father, Outdoor Misadventures and the Healing Power of Nature (Growing up in the 1960’s & 70’s).

From Cubicle to NY Times Bestseller List

My Journey out of a traditional business career to full time writer and speaker – Humor and inspiration.

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