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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (2006)

by Michael Lewis

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I loved the movie, but the book ruined it for me. The family comes across as paternalistic and opportunistic, while Michael is just a boy who needs help. At the end of the day, there is a reason why the NCAA qualifying GPA was the magical number to reach. Overall, I was left upset and annoyed by the book, where there was none of the soul searching that redeems the parents somewhat in the movie. Also, there was too much about the technicalities and recent historical developments in football. ( )
  TiffanyAK | May 1, 2015 |
Lawrence Taylor, linebacker of the New York Giants, revolutionized the game of football.

What? You thought this book was about Michael Oher? Well, it is. But it's also about why this kid - tall and wide at 350 pounds, but light on his feet - could play only fifteen high school games for a tiny little Christian school in Memphis and be courted by college coaches who could see his potential at left tackle.

See, LT had this thing about sacking quarterbacks. In fact, it's because of him that the sack is even a stat in football. And it's also because of him that the position that blocked him, protecting the quarterback's blind side - you guessed it, the left tackle - became such an important part of the game.

So while this tells the story of Michael Oher and the amazing way he went from having nothing to achieving everything, it's also the story of how the strategy of football developed to make a lowly lineman one of the most important pieces of a football offense. Lewis's interviews with Michael; with the Tuohys, the family who took him in and adopted him; Bill Parcells; Lawrence Taylor; Bill Walsh; and many more give you a well-rounded understanding of the man and the game. Recommended for both biography and football fans. ( )
  bell7 | Oct 30, 2014 |
This was a very good book. Half inspiring biography and half a history of the left tackle position in football, Lewis ties the two stories together quite well for an interesting and touching read. A good deal like the movie, but with its difference as well. The book is always better. ;) ( )
  sammii507 | Aug 19, 2014 |
The Blind Side By: Michael Lewis

In the story the "Blind Side," a future football star, Michael Oher, goes through challenges while growing up. He has no place to eat or sleep most of the time, and is one of the most uneducated people you will ever meet. While walking down the street one day, his life takes a huge turn. He is picked up by one of his high school football coaches. While living with them he learns new thing that any average teenager is already knows. His grades improve and his life is great, until the NCAA comes to question his family for why they adopted him. Did they do it for love, or did they do it to persuade one of the best offensive lineman to commit to their alma mater. Read it and Find out.

Overall a great book.
  RSufyan | Mar 25, 2014 |
If you don't like football, I would not suggest reading this book. I had to read it for a Sociology course in which my professor assured us it was less about sports and more about really important, hard-hitting sociological points. I found it was mostly about football and I didn't really feel connected to Michael Oher's character at all. I wanted to understand his life, how he grew up, and who he was as a person, but overall I felt he was portrayed as a tool for others' gains, whether through football, protection, or trust. I felt he had been used and it was never even addressed by the author as a problem. Maybe this isn't the author's fault at all. Maybe that's exactly how things happened. But to me he was portrayed as a guy without much formal education who was strung along with promises of love and acceptance in order to do what everyone else wanted him to do (not to mention the implications of the racial dynamics if this were indeed the case). I just felt empty after finishing it, having these issues never specifically addressed by the author. ( )
  CareBear36 | Mar 8, 2014 |
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"Lewis has such a gift for storytelling...he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."—Janet Maslin, New York Times

One day Michael Oher will be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side. This paperback edition contains a brand-new 2007 afterword.

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Follows one young man from his impoverished childhood with a crack-addicted mother, through his discovery of the sport of football, to his rise to become one of the most successful, highly-paid players in the NFL.

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