The story of the blind, which crosses many centuries, many countries, and which traces not only the evolution of institutions, techniques and attitudes but introduces the life stories of famous people, past and present, who have overcome the obstacles of this affliction. From the earliest days when the sightless were liabilities, to the middle centuries when they became the wards of society, this follows down to modern times and those who sought-through education- to make them independent. The teachings of Didymus in the 4th century; the founding of the first hospital in Paris in 1254; the pamphleteering of Diderot; the teaching of Valentin Hauy, which was to be followed by that of the blind Louis Braille who at 20 evolved the classic system (which he did not discover); the lifetime spent by New England's Samuel Gridley Howe in educating the blind; the work of Winifred Holt and The Lighthouse; these are but a few of the high points of achievement in this field. And the stories of John Milton, Laura Bridgman, Helen Keller, etc. lend drama. An unsentimentalized survey which has both interest and inspirational value.