his critically acclaimed bestseller Shadow Divers, Robert Kurson
explored the depths of history, friendship, and compulsion. Now
Kurson returns with another thrilling adventure, CRASHING
THROUGH: A True Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared
to See—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 vision.
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 May?
procedure was filled with risks, some of them deadly, others beyond
May’s wildest dreams. And even if the surgery
worked, history was against him. Fewer than twenty cases
were known to all of history which a person gained
vision after a lifetime of blindness. Each of those
people suffered from desperate consequences we can scarcely
imagine. There were countless reasons for May to refuse vision.
think of only a single reason to go forward. Whatever his
decision, he knew it would change his life.
THROUGH is a journey of suspense, daring, romance, and insight
into the mysteries of vision and the brain. Robert
gives readers a fascinating account of one man’s
choice to explore what it means to see—and to truly