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Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero

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Faith.  Trust.  Triumph."I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." ―Michael HingsonFirst came the boom―the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001―what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.Blind since birth, Michael couldn't see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team.Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.It's the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illumiates 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.
Faith.  Trust.  Triumph."I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher." ―Michael HingsonFirst came the boom―the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center's north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001―what should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.Blind since birth, Michael couldn't see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle's judgment and not to panic. They are a team.Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.It's the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illumiates 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.

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Publish date: Aug 2, 2011
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Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9781400203253
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sriemann_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Finished this in one sitting. It was a quicker read, and I liked how the book also talks about how Michael Hingson grew up blind and dealt with different things - how he got to the World Trade Center. If you aren't a fan of two storylines at once, this wouldn't be for you. Also, if someone is still really sensitive about things that happened on 9/11, it might not be for you, but it could also be a gentle bridge into a more receptive mode to discuss what happened on 9/11.
dmlowe_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Although this book brought back a lot of sad memories of the events of September 11, the emphasis on the love and companionship of Mr. Hingson and his dog Roselle is profound. It proves that goodness prevails in even the darkest times.
gypsysmom_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
All of us alive on that horrific day of September 11, 2001 remember watching in horror as two planes struck the World Trade Center and then the crumbling of both massive towers. I think it was a defining moment for the 21st century. But imagine how it feels for those people actually in the WTC on that day. This is the story that Michael Hingson tells us in this book. Michael is blind and he was on the 78th floor of Tower One. He, his guide dog, Rozelle, and a friend went down the stairs and got out minutes before Tower Two crumbled. They survived and Hingson tells us what it was like. He also tells us how he came to be in the WTC with his guide dog by telling us quite a bit of his life story.I'm glad I listened to this book rather than read it. It seemed like I was descending the stairs with Michael and Rozelle, smelling the airplane fuel, feeling the heat and then running from the building. I think I could have done without the last part of the audiobook which was a speech Michael made to announce the book and an interview when the book was released. They just seemed like filler.
gma2lana reviewed this
Rated 3/5
This is a story of a blind man and his dog Roselle. I enjoyed the story while trying to escape the building and the trust put into Roselle. It's always interesting to hear it from the people themselves that were directly involved with 9/11.
hhs1students reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Reviewed by Samantha (Class of 2012)It is a very inspirational story about a blind guide dog that helps his owner out of the Twin Towers during 9/11.
herdingcats_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This book is Michael Hingson's story. It is the story of how he and his guide dog Roselle survived and escaped from the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 after it had been hit by a hijacked airplane. It is also his story of growing up blind in a world designed for sighted people. When I got this book and began reading it, I realized that it is the first book that I have read about the events of 911. Ten years after those events, I finally opened up myself to a book about the events, because it was also about a dog. I realize that I have avoided watching tv coverage of all of the memorial events surrounding 911 for the past ten years. I just found it too unpleasant and traumatic and I preferred not to think about it. Michael's story not only taught me a lot about blindness and guide dogs, but also helped me to examine and come to terms with some of my own feelings about 911. People are often more open to a dog or, in this case, a dog story. The book is well written and insightful and educational and I enjoyed it and highly recommend it.
pamelabarrett reviewed this
Rated 5/5
All of us that watched the Twin Towers come down on 911 will never forget the horror and helplessness we felt. Imagine being on the 78th floor when the first airplane hit the tower, you feel and hear it above you, but you have no idea what has happened; all communication between the floors is out, now imagine you are blind. Being blind is the reality that Michael Hingson faced with his guide dog Roselle. They, along with his office partner David, had to walk down the 78 floors to get out alive. Michael describes sounds and smells as terrifying as the sights we watched unfold. I read his book during the 10th anniversary of 911, after watching many TV programs of replays from that day and the aftermath—even so, his memoir affected me on such a deep level that I felt like I was taking each step with him and Roselle. It is so amazing the way Roselle, a dog that was afraid of thunder, responded to all that was happening around her. There should be many thanks to Guide Dogs for the Blind for training these wonderful service dogs, and to Michael for detailing not only his escape, but in sharing his wisdom with us. “We can’t let fear paralyze us” is one of many great quotes in this book which is full of wisdom, good information and resources for the blind.
tfs93 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Although I do find Roselle's story tremendous and fascinating, I must say I am much more amazed by Michael's story. I can't begin to understand how he has taught himself to do so many amazing things while having a disability. He is a very able bodied individual. He had wonderful parents who treated him just like he was a sighted child and never let his blindness stop him from doing, or trying to do, anything he wanted. An amazing story of triumph over odds and obstacles!
bookish59 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
If all Michael Hingson did was walk down 78 floors at the World Trade Center, Thunder Dog, would not have garnered my interest. But because Michael took to the stairs on 9/11, with Roselle, his dog makes this book more compelling. And because Roselle is a guide dog, and Michael is blind, and a uniquely resourceful and capable individual makes it a "you-should-definitely-read-this" book. Michael intersperses his escape from the North Tower with descriptions of his life. Blind due to Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) because born premature he was incubated and oxygenated to promote lung development. But like approx. 10,000 other premies born between 1941-1953, the intensive oxygen treatment caused blood vessels in his eyes to constrict and rupture causing irrreversible blindness. His parents could have sent him to a Home for the Blind but chose to raise him at home, treating him as they did his older, sighted brother. Because of their progressive wisdom he never thought of himself as disabled!I believe that he thrived and survived because of all that he learned from his family, many teachers and mentors, what he taught himself, and because of his amazing guide dogs. This book honors guide dogs, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the National Federation of the Blind, and those like Ray Kurzweil, whose genius developed technology to aid the blind (and the general public) in living fuller lives. Thunderdog includes resources for the blind, and a useful glossary, but most outstanding is an essay by Kenneth Jernigan, Blindness: A Left-Handed Dissertation which on its own merits getting this book.
debbieaheaton reviewed this
Rated 5/5
A 9/11 story that will change your spirit and perspective as you follow the relationship between a blind man and his faithful companion. Amazing.

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