Blind since birth, the life story of Michael Hingson is truly amazing and enlightening. He overcame many challenges in life, to become successful both professionally and personally. The battles that face a blind person in a sighted world, are more than we can ever imagine, and many blind or visually impaired people rely on the help of a guide dog to assist them. The bond between a person and their guide dog is unique and based completely on trust. This trust was tested to the absolute limit on 9/11, as Micheal Hingson was working on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Centre when a plane flew into the building.
The story of how Michael and his guide dog Roselle narrowly escaped is amazing. Thunder Dog takes us through the events of that day, and is mixed in with stories from Michael’s life that are both humorous and informative. I learnt a lot about guide dogs and the training they go through before they are entrusted to a blind person. When you read of how Roselle coped with the events of that awful day, and the extreme pressure she was working under, it is almost hard to believe its a true story! I fully recommend this book to you all.
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