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.
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Table of Contents
Foreword Ruth Bader Ginsburg xiii
Introduction Art Garfunkel xvii
Part 1 Day & Night
1 Stranger on a Train 3
2 Survival Skills 9
3 Brighter Days 18
4 The Seduction of the Mind 27
5 My Shadow Education 35
6 Shots Across the Bow 55
7 "Son, You Are Going to Be Blind Tomorrow" 64
Part 2 A Bridge Over Troubled Waters
8 Lights Out 75
9 A Walk on the Wild Side 91
10 The Blind Senior 111
11 Tough Love 122
12 Moving Forward 141
13 Paying Back 147
Part 3 Tikkun Olam
14 The Start of Something Big 161
15 The Beauty of Small Things 175
16 Road Tripping 188
17 My Blindness Balance Sheet: Debits 201
18 My Blindness Balance Sheet: Assets 215
19 Speak, Memory 223
20 No Man Is an Island 228
21 A Promise That Cannot Be Broken 236
22 Old Friends Sat on the Park Bench Like Bookends 246
23 My Big Party 249
Epilogue: To End Blindness Forever 268
The Final Word Margaret Atwood 278