Friday, August 19, 2011

Thunder Dog

I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing as an "Advance Reader's Copy Uncorrected Proof." What a treat! This is Michael Hingson's story of his escape from the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. With Michael's calmness, his guide dog Roselle's confidence, and his faith in God he makes it down the 1,463 steps safely.
Not only was this a great first-person point of view from an event none of us will forget ten years ago, but about his bond with his guide dogs, and how the author has made and is continuing to make the most out of his life. This book is also very educational in terms of learning about the blind. Michael does a thorough, yet not degrading, job of explaining how he (and the blind in general) would like to be treated. In fact, at the end of the book there is a section titled "The Courtesy Rules for Blindness." There is also a "Glossary of Terms Related to Blindness" at the end as well as an article by Kenneth Jernigan titled "Blindness: A Left-Handed Dissertation."
The "dissertation" explains Michael Hingson's attitude toward his blindness - not as a disability at all. In fact that what people think about blindness, the myths, the attitudes of the sighted, etc. is the true "problem."