Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

The remarkable and inspiring story of a Columbia undergrad from a poor Jewish family who, after losing his eyesight to disease during his junior year, finds the power to break through the darkness and fulfill his vision for a life of great professional success and distinguished public service.

It’s a bitterly cold February in 1961, and Sandy Greenberg lies in a hospital bed in Detroit, newly blind. A junior at Columbia University from a Jewish family that struggled to stay above the poverty line, Sandy had just started to see the world open up to him. Now, instead of his plans for a bright future—Harvard Law and politics—Sandy faces a new reality, one defined by a cane or companion dog, menial work, and a cautious path through life.
But that’s not how this story ends.

In the depth of his new darkness, Sandy faces a choice—play it “safe” by staying in his native Buffalo or return to Columbia to pursue his dreams. With the loving devotion of his girlfriend (and now wife) Sue and the selflessness of best friends Art Garfunkel and Jerry Speyer, Sandy endures unimaginable adversity while forging a life of exceptional achievement.

From his time in the White House working for President Lyndon B. Johnson to his graduate studies at Harvard and Oxford under luminaries such as Archibald Cox, Sir Arthur Goodhart, and Samuel Huntington, and through the guidance of his invaluable mentor David Rockefeller, Sandy fills his life and the lives of those around him with a radiant light of philanthropy, entrepreneurship, art, and innovation.

My Review

I have not heard of Dr. Greenberg until this book. Yet, after reading this book, I want to know more about all of Dr. Greenberg's contributions to helping to cure blindness. As I was reading this book I could not help but pick up on the encouraging/positive attitude that Dr. Greenberg kept despite his situation. Which could not have been easy to go blind at a young age.

This memoir is the reason that I like these read these types of books. This book introduced me to someone that I did not know but after reading this book, I discovered a fascinating person. Someone who I want to get to know more about.

Fans of memoirs will want to pick up a copy of this book. It is a fast read. Dr. Greenberg shows that no disability can hold someone back from their dreams if they have the "can do" attitude.

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