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

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In his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson explored the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now Kurson returns with another thrilling adventure–the stunning true story of one man’s heroic odyssey from blindness into sight.

Mike May spent his life crashing through. Blinded at age three, he defied expectations by breaking world records in downhill speed skiing, joining the CIA, and becoming a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and family man. He had never yearned for vision.

Then, in 1999, a chance encounter brought startling news: a revolutionary stem cell transplant surgery could restore May’s vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his children’s faces. He began to contemplate an astonishing new world: Would music still sound the same? Would sex be different? Would he recognize himself in the mirror? Would his marriage survive? Would he still be Mike May?

The procedure was filled with risks, some of them deadly, others beyond May’s wildest dreams. Even if the surgery worked, history was against him. Fewer than twenty cases were known worldwide in which a person gained vision after a lifetime of blindness. Each of those people suffered desperate consequences we can scarcely imagine.

There were countless reasons for May to pass on vision. He could think of only a single reason to go forward. Whatever his decision, he knew it would change his life.

Beautifully written and thrillingly told, Crashing Through is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert Kurson gives us a fascinating account of one man’s choice to explore what it means to see–and to truly live.

Synopsis:

A fascinating profile of Michael May, a man blinded by a chemical explosion at the age of three, describes his successful life as a CIA analyst, champion skier, entrepreneur, and family man, who is offered a rare chance to see once again through risky, cutting-edge stem-cell transplant surgery. 250,000 first printing.

About the Author

Robert Kurson earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, then a law degree from Harvard Law School. His award-winning stories have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, and Esquire, where he is a contributing editor. Crashing Through is based on Kurson’s 2006 National Magazine Award-winning profile in Esquire. He is the author of Shadow Divers, and he lives in Chicago. Visit the author’s website at www.robertkurson.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781588366252
Subtitle:
A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See
Publisher:
Random House
Author:
Kurson, Robert
Author:
Kurson Robert
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
General
Subject:
Blind
Subject:
Eye
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
May, Mike
Subject:
Blind -- United States.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Deaf Studies-Being Blind and Deaf
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Biographies
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070515
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
306

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Vision

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Product details 306 pages Random House Publishing Group - English 9781588366252 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A fascinating profile of Michael May, a man blinded by a chemical explosion at the age of three, describes his successful life as a CIA analyst, champion skier, entrepreneur, and family man, who is offered a rare chance to see once again through risky, cutting-edge stem-cell transplant surgery. 250,000 first printing.
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