Friday, August 5, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: Thunder Dog

Thunder Dog
The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog & the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero
By:  Michael Hingson with Susy Flory
Published by Thomas Nelson Publishers
Copyright 2011

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and so I anxiously awaited the book Thunder Dog by Michael Hingson / Susy Flory, the story of a dog who rescued not only her handler, but many others that fateful day of September 11, 2001 by her calm courage and performance of her duty.  I mistakenly thought the book was about the dog Roselle, but it is more about her handler, Mr. Hingson and his reactions to the tragedy and his life experiences.  I have a friend who is blind, so reading this book opened my eyes to some of the situations my friend faces every day. 
Thunder Dog not only tells the story of what happened to Mr. Hingson and his dog Roselle on September 11, but takes a lot of time explaining how Mr. Hingson's life prior to September 11 influenced his outcome that day. Sometimes the book was hard to follow because of jumping from past to present.  However, if you can overlook this you will find a wealth of information.  Mr. Hingson also shares his faith and trust in God throughout the book. 

Located in the back of the book is a timeline of events for Mr. Hingson and Roselle for September 11, 2001, Courtesy Rules for Blindness, a dissertation by Kenneth Jernigan, resources for blindness, notes and a glossary of terms.

Even though I was disappointed in what I thought the book would be discussing, I did find it a good, easy, informative read.  I will loan this book out to friends and family, and also recommend it to others.

In order to comply with new Federal Trade Commission regulations, please note that this book was provided compliments of Booksneeze.


  1. I learned many things in this book that changed my perception of those with blindness. It reminded me of how I felt that everyone should read John Elder Robison's Be Different in order to get a perspective on how it feels to live with Asperger's.

  2. Luxembourg, thank you for your comments. I have not read or heard of John Elder Robinson's book but I do have a teen who is on the Autism Spectrum and I think the book you mentioned might give me insight into my son's perspective.