Crashing Through (2007) Losing his eyesight at age 3 in a freak explosion didn't stop Mike May from becoming a speed-skiing world-record holder, entrepreneur of a portable GPS… 2007-05-15 Nonfiction Science and Technology Random House
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Crashing Through (2007)

INSIGHTS IN SIGHT Kurson introduces us to May, a blind man who takes a chance at regaining his vision, in Crashing Through
INSIGHTS IN SIGHT Kurson introduces us to May, a blind man who takes a chance at regaining his vision, in Crashing Through

Details Release Date: May 15, 2007; Writer: Robert Kurson; Genres: Nonfiction, Science and Technology; Publisher: Random House

Losing his eyesight at age 3 in a freak explosion didn't stop Mike May from becoming a speed-skiing world-record holder, entrepreneur of a portable GPS system for the blind, and loving family man. When he learned of a risky new transplant procedure that might let him see, he hesitated; he was superb at using echolocation and spatial memory to get around. In propulsive prose, Robert Kurson follows May as he undergoes the operations, including the ''whoosh'' of light when the bandages come off and he must adapt to the idiosyncrasies of his new sense. A gripping adventure story, Crashing Through explores the rewards of risk as well as the nature of vision. A-

Originally posted May 15, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints