Crashing Through

A book based on the life and adventures of Mike May

Mike and Crashing Through cover art
Mike May with Obama at White House
Mike May with Stevie Wonder
Mike speed skiing
Mike speaking at United States Airforce Academy
Mike delivering the commencement Keynote speech at Coker University

Robert Kurson website about Crashing Through. Hard Cover Book art:  black cover Crashing Through (gray), A true (purple), Story (indigo), Of Risk (blue), Adventure (teal), and the (green), Man Who (yellow), Dared (orange), To See (red)
Crashing Through. Paperback Book cover art:  Young boy riding a bicycle

Crashing Through available in paperback.

“Crashing Through – A true Story of Risk, Adventure, and the Man Who Dared to See,” a book by Robert Kurson from Random House. Bestseller, 2007.

Movie adaptations of the book have been written by Fox 2000, Stone Village Pictures and others. A 2022 movie project is in the works.

Nashville singer/song writer Sara Beck wrote and recorded Crashing Through. Listen to the Crashing Through song. This ballad encapsulates the crashing through spirit and story of Mike May. Also read the Sara Beck Serendipity story: a story about the serendipity of Mike meeting Sara and her performing with Stevie Wonder.

About Crashing Through

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.

Available Languages

  • Korean
  • Polish
  • Hebrew
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Finnish
  • Czech

Accessible versions of Crashing Through

The unabridged audio book is read by Doug Ordunio (ISBN: 978-1-4159-3871-3 the CD version or 978-1-4159-4046-4 the tape version). A bonus audio interview is included.

Crashing Through in Braille from American Printing House for the Blind, catalog number A-B0606-00.

Unabridged audio book from Books On Tape