Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

Thunder Dog: The true story of a blind man, his guide dog and triumph was a good book to read. Hearing personal stories form 9/11 is both heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same. It is amazing to hear the stories of how people escaped but at the same time you hear of how many lost their lives as well. This story is about Michael Hingson a man who was became blind as a baby (caused by a controversial treatment that is no longer used).

Michael Hingson grew up just like a normal boy would, he played out side, rode his bike, went to school and so much more. The only difference in him was that he was blind and he had to learn different ways of doing things. His parents raised him as if he did not have a disability. I personally think this made him stronger and more successful in life.

On 9/11 Michael is in the World Trade Center working as a regional sales manager for a large company just like he does everyday. The only difference is this day will change his life and many others forever. His story recounts every step he takes to escape the building and go down 1,463 stairs with the help of his guide dog, Roselle. Roselle is the true hero in this story.

The book is very interesting as we learn about his childhood and his journey on 9/11. I learned a lot about guide dogs and how a blind person manages everday life that I did not know. Overall I enjoyed the book, it is short and easy to read.

The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book or advanced reading copy through BookSneeze® for writing this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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