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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.

©2020 Sanford D. Greenberg (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Incredible memoir

This is beautifully read by Art Garfunkel who is also in the book. It is the truly inspirational story of Sandy Greenberg who went blind aged 20 and how he dealt with this affliction - quite incredible what he has achieved with the support of family and friends and in particular his wife, Sue. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was totally humbled by it. AG’s performance is spectacular too.

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  • 07-10-20

Fantastic!

If you are ever feeling sorry for yourself give this book a listen. Mr. Greenberg’s accomplishes will inspire you. Mr. Garfunkel’s dedication and friendship can not be overlooked. We all hope to have a friend like him. Sue, Mrs. Greenberg, qualifies for a Nobel prize made just for her!💜

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  • Debbie R.
  • 02-02-21

Among the best and most inspirational memoirs I’ve ever read

This is truly a treasure. Sandy’s story is an inspiration to people with all kinds of limitations. True, he is an exceptional human being. Not everyone has the intellect and character that he possesses. But we do not have to let our limitations define us. Art Garfunkel‘s reading was truly wonderful. And the fact that they have been such a close lifelong friends makes it even more meaningful. Thank you Audible for this unforgettable experience.

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  • 04-06-21

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  • Roberta L. Ruben
  • 29-05-21

Moving and Inspirational

I had never heard of the author of this autobiography. A genius who lost his eyesight because a physician who was incompetent and unwilling to see that the procedure he was following was blinding his young patient. San Greenberg, his family, and friends took an unusual road. They allowed him to deny that he was blind and therefore allowing him to reject government assistance. His motivation allowed to move around our sighted world. Was it his girlfriend/wife and later his 4 children who became real reason for his ability to keep dreaming for sight for everyone.