A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See
On Sale: May 15, 2007
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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