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Crashing Through
Robert Kurson

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

Random House
May 2007
On Sale: May 15, 2007
320 pages
ISBN: 1400063353
EAN: 9781400063352
Hardcover
$25.95
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Non-Fiction Biography

In his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson explored the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now Kurson returns with another thrilling adventureĖthe stunning true story of one manís 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 Mayís vision. It would allow him to drive, to read, to see his childrenís 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 Mayís 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 manís choice to explore what it means to seeĖand to truly live.

Media Buzz

Good Morning America - September 25, 2007
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Talk of the Nation - May 24, 2007
CBS Sunday Morning - April 29, 2007

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