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Crashing Through: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See


The bestselling author of "Shadow Divers" returns with a riveting story of exploration, mystery, and the discovery of an unknown world--this time ... Show synopsis

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by emjay on Jan 4, 2009

This book puts a different light on the world of blindness. This man was a brave blind person who did not consider blindness a handicap. He discribes his outlook on blindness. His mother was very brave to stand back and let him learn and explore. Crashing through is a very appropriate title! He does crash through life with gusto!


Riveting! Eye-opening!

by Kathy339 on Jul 18, 2008

What would you do if you were blind and a doctor told you that your sight could be restored? Kurson has written a spellbinding true tale of sight. As a boy, he lost his vision in an accident. For virtually his entire life he has been blind, but his life has been rich. As one of the first blind skiers, a successful entrepreneur and a man with a wife and two kids, Kurson has a strong sense of self in his vision-absent world. Now with the possibility of gaining his sight back, what will he do? Will the procedure work? Will he be able to see clearly or will this only partially restore his vision. What does his wife look like? His two boys? Can he be successful as a sighted person? What about his internal and external self-image (he hasn't seen himself since age 7). Explore all of this and the science of vision in this strong work. Totally fascinating! An especially great read for those interested in memoir, human interest and science.


To See or Not To See?

by Brookeview on Jan 21, 2008

Risk! Mike May, blinded in a chemical explosion at the age of three, contemplates risk. During a chance tag-a-long to his wife's eye exam, a doctor informs him that there is a good possibility that he could see again. There is risk - surgery, potential medication problems, and blindness with a loss of his spatial abilties. Mike's life is full. Lack of vision was never acknowledged as his handicap. His mother wouldn't allow it. He performed at a level that exceeded many sighted people - broke world speed skiiing records, member of the CIA, inventor, and successful entrepreneur. Women were attracted to his daring. Does Mike take the risk to see his wife, his children, his world? Take a peek into this eye opening research of optical stem-cell knowledge. Discover a true mind body connection and how we comprehend what we see. Follow Mike on his journey - his fears, his frustrations, his joys, his vision.


Heroic efforts

by Francesca on Oct 6, 2007

I found the book hard going, as in a remarkable life made rather dull in being written. However, it gives you an exact popular explanation of the mechanics of human sight, and can be worthwhile just for this. Mike May was blinded at the age of three, and regained a perfect right eye through a newly developed form of surgery. But though the eye itself was perfect, his sight was not. We learn, as he did through the examination and discoveries of a skilled scientist, how much the cerebral cortex contributes to the act of seeing, and how the memories absorbed by a voracious child's brain enables the machine that is the human eye to perceive. During his unimaginable struggle, he again lost the eye's mechanical capability, and through an equally unimaginable treatment, regained the ability to see---if he struggled hard enough to get his neurons in line. Throughout this ecstatic and traumatic year, his family and friends, together with the medical and scientific professionals who became his friends, supported his heroic efforts.

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