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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game (2006)

by Michael Lewis

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I did not like this book as much as others who have reviewed it. There were inspirational moments, but for me they were overshadowed by other elements which I found to be less enjoyable in the reading of this true story. I would like to hear others' opinions of this work. ( )
  TheresaCIncinnati | Aug 17, 2015 |
What an amazing book! The true story of Michael Oher, who is “adopted” by the Tuohy’s, an affluent white family in Memphis. I am not a football fan but the description of the game and the NFL process in this book was interesting non-the-less. The story of Michael’s life is amazing but this book is so much more. It a social commentary on the educational system, on learning disabilities, on sports stereotyping, the invisible poor adjacent to affluent communities and the strength of one woman to combat all of this for something she believes in. Michael Oher’s story has been covered before in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS but this book takes the story to a more personal level. I hope the movie does the book justice. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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  chenlow | May 30, 2015 |
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 |
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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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