Sunday, November 13, 2011

thunder dog: The True Story of A Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Turst at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

This book is Michael Hingson's story.  It is the story of how he and his guide dog Roselle survived and escaped from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 after it had been hit by a hijacked airplane.  It is also his story of growing up blind in a world designed for sighted people.  When I got this book and began reading it, I realized that it is the first book that I have read about the events of 911.  Ten years after those events, I finally opened up myself to a book about the events, because it was also about a dog.  I realize that I have avoided watching tv coverage of all of the memorial events surrounding 911 for the past ten years.  I just found it too unpleasant and traumatic and I preferred not to think about it.  Michael's story not only taught me a lot about blindness and guide dogs, but also helped me to examine and come to terms with some of my own feelings about 911.  People are often more open to a dog or, in this case, a dog story.
The book is well written and insightful and educational and I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
I received this book free to review from goodreads.

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