Saturday, August 20, 2011

Thunder Dog

The true story of a blind man, his guide dog & the triumph of trust at Ground Zero. 

by Michael Hingson

A blind man and his guide dog escaped Tower 1 of the World Trade Center after the plane crash on September 11, 2001. This is the story of what happened to them that day as well as the background story of how they came to be there. Michael tells how he became blind and what it was like for him growing up. He explains how he was matched up with his first guide dog and how they learned to work together. On 9/11, Michael's dog, Roselle, behaved as she had been trained to and was able to keep both of them safe in a situation no one could have foreseen.

This is a great book and it captured my interest from the first page. Although most people have heard what happened on 9/11, the story of each person who was there is unique and I found Mr. Hingson's perspective particularly interesting. Thunder Dog is mostly an autobiographical book, so if someone is expecting it to be full of details about Ground Zero, they may be disappointed. I enjoyed learning about how blind people find ways to do everything sighted people can do as well as the specific events that Roselle and Michael encountered on 9/11. Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: The publisher provided me with a complimentary copy of this book to review through BookSneeze®.

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