For those with sight, the world of the blind is a mysterious, terrifying place. Its author lost his vision at age 7 but proceeded in his lifetime to achieve an incredible goal. He was the first sightless student ever admitted to hamilton College, later transferred to Yale and finally to Oxford where he attained a degree. The descriptions of his research methods in preparing his thesis, his less tangible tattle to convince sighted people who controlled the jobs he sought that he was able to carry out the activities he had chosen to perform, have in them an important lesson for all who come into contact with handicapped persons. With a minimum of self-pity, Russell gets his point across and readers of all ages will be enlightened.