Thunder Dog: Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

 

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4_stars

A great story, well told, with perhaps a bit of extraneous information.

 

TITLE: Thunder Dog : The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, & the Triumph of Trust

AUTHOR: Michael Hingson with Susy Flory

PUBLICATION TYPE: Nelson Thomas Inc.

LENGTH: 232 pages

GENRE: Autobiographical non-fiction

RELEASE DATE:  2011, paperback 2012

COVER EVALUATION:  The cover shows a yellow lab guide dog held by a fireman on a city street with an indistinct city scape in the background.

AUTHOR BIO: Michael Hingson is a miraculous survivor of 9/11. He now lives with his wife in the San Francisco Bay Area with two guide dogs.

BOOK BLURB:   Thunder Dog is a story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us. (Excerpted from Amazon review.)

REVIEW:  I enjoyed Thunder Dog and the learning it provided about the powerful relationship between the author and his guide dog Roselle. Many other topics are woven into the retelling of the events of September 11, 2001, including Hingson’s life, education, career, and information about guide dog training. I felt admiration for Hingson and his dog. Under extraordinary circumstances, they managed an impressive escape from the Twin Towers. After exiting the building, they had to escape the dust cloud that accompanied the collapse of the buildings, and then manage to find a way to his New Jersey home. A co-worker was with Hingson part of the way, down the stairs, out the door, through the dust cloud, into shelter, and on again. The friend’s help and companionship were beneficial but Hingson and Roselle seemed to be a fairly self-sufficient unit. I did occasionally become a bit impatient with some details of earlier and later life, but this is a good read about an admirable escape that casts a different light upon those fortunate enough to escape the World Trade Center on that fateful day and their experiences.

 

 

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