The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Evolution of A Game

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, [2009], ©2009
Edition: New edition
ISBN: 9780393338386
039333838X
Branch Call Number: 796.332 Le
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm

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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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jodfong
Mar 28, 2017

Another amazing book by Michael Lewis. I'm fortunate to have watched the movie prior to reading the book because there are just so many intriguing characters that you want to put a face to!

After watching the movie, the book has so many extra details that are fun to read while the movie's timeline seems to flow better despite the book being written generally in chronological order. A great read even for non-football/sports fans.

bibliotechnocrat Jul 24, 2016

An oddly structured book, quite different from the film with Sandra Bullock. Lewis begins by describing how American football changed due to evolving strategy and the arrival of free agency, etc. At first I thought this wasn't the book about a family taking in a big disadvantaged kid, but then the author switches gears - it turns out that the kid (Michael Oher) has all the attributes needed in the restyled game of football. Lewis is a great writer and even the rather lengthy parts about the changing game are interesting (though I'm no fan of football). It is the story of a rich, white family taking in a refugee from the wrong side of the tracks - and all the attendant sociological implications - that really works for me though, even if their motives seem a bit mixed. Complicated and fascinating.

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ecifani
Jun 26, 2014

Some football knowledge is helpful, but I found I could figure out what he meant because his descriptions were well done. A story of hope and success where it very well could of been otherwise.

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elag24
Nov 30, 2012

This book was so much more interesting than the movie. This really looks in an unsentimental way, at the development of football and how it's changes created the need for players like Michael Oher. I enjoyed this even over Moneyball

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readwithnaomi
May 25, 2011

excellent and informative book about football for a non-fan

njkenney Feb 04, 2011

Michael Lewis’ book, The Blind Side; Evolution of a Game, begins with the moments leading up to Theismann’s career ending injury and the reader learns the blind side is a reference to a quarterback’s greatest vulnerability and what it means to protect it.

The Blind Side is not a typical “rags to riches story” about a poor kid who miraculously falls into a wonderful family and turns his life around. True, Michael Oher did jump through some serious hoops before becoming an Ole Miss Rebel and the Touhy family did some wonderful things for him. But Michael’s story runs parallel to those of the NFL and how the game has developed since Lawrence Taylor toppled Joe Theismann. The author’s attention to detail and knowledge of the game makes this a great book for anyone who considers himself (herself) a football fan.

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redwallflower
Nov 15, 2010

Way too much football language and name dropping for me to enjoy and keep up with the story. I'll stick to the movie.

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