The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
By Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
Published by Thomas Nelson
Thunder Dog is an amazing story of not only survival and courage, but of trust, love and relationship. It is more than the story of Michel Hingson’s escape from the collapsing World Trade Center towers on the fateful day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That story alone would most certainly be worth reading. But add to that, the knowledge that Michael has been blind from birth, and the story develops multiple dimensions.
The book opens with the circumstances surrounding Michael’s premature birth and resulting blindness. Continuing through his years growing up in a supportive family who allowed Michael to take risks to live as mainstream as possible, we not only marvel at Michael’s courage on 9/11, but how his whole life has portrayed this same courage. The fact that he was working as a successful businessman in the towers is a story in itself.
Thunder Dog is written at a casual pace, alternating between events taking place as Michael makes his way down the numerous flights of stairs, and relevant events throughout his life that have in some way prepared him to survive that day. The reader gets a picture of what the life of a blind person can look like. Focusing on what he is capable of, as opposed to the limitations.
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