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 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?
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.
There 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 life.
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. Download and start listening now!