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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  36,297 ratings  ·  2,584 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 2006)
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Dec 21, 2007 Patrick rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
On the merits of the story alone, I enjoyed this book. Lewis is a very good writer, and he is able to tell a compelling story and educate the less knowledgeable without coming off as condescending, which is more difficult than it sounds. The story of Michael Oher is compelling (and ongoing), and it's hard not to root for him.

That said, I have my suspicions about the altruism at the heart of the story. There are too many questionable motivations floating about, although, to Lewis's credit, he doe...more
Feb 01, 2010 Elisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: football fans
This book has quite a few different stories going on:
1) the importance of and rise of the offensive lineman 2) the story of Michael Oher, 3)LT (as in Lawrence Taylor of the NY Giants)and Bill Walsh (football coach, 49er's) these are "supporting stories" amongst others

I heard of the movie and I like football books, so I thought I would enjoy this story about Michael Oher (and I did). I assumed it was just a story about Michael Oher, which it wasn't.

I read Lewis's book Moneyball awhile back and...more
Jan 13, 2009 Mahlon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Football fans, educators, social workers
Recommended to Mahlon by: ESPN
Shelves: read-2009
The Blind Side features two story lines, one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 1980's specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played. Thanks to Taylor's prowess at rushing the Quarterback, the Left Tackle(who protects the QB's blind side) quickly became one of the most important, and highest-paid positions on the football field.

The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts th...more
Jose Tagle
The Blind Side is a book about a homeless teenager who gets adopted by a married couple who sees him on the side of the road and gives him a ride and a place to stay. While he is with them he grows fond of them he starts to attend a fancy mainly white Americans go there he only has a couple pairs of clothes.
He starts playing football but he does not have the best grades in the world, his major is protection. His adopted parents use that to an advantage and he become’s really good at the sport...more
Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems that only cared about those athletes to the extent that they would help their sports teams win. The Blind Side concerns itself with a similar story, except Michael Lewis tends to pause breathlessly and exclaim isn't this great? He admits that the father, Sean, "had been born with a talent for seeing the court, taking in every angle and every other pla...more
Mixed feelings about this one. I'm huge NFL fan and Ravens are one of my favorite teams (mostly because of Ray Lewis) but I didn't know the Michael Oher story until the movie was released.

I found the Left Tackle/NFL history of the book very interesting. But I can totally see why Michael himself had problems with how he was portrayed in the book. This is not just a poor black teenager being taken in by rich white upper class christian family stereotypical rags to riches taking the black child ou...more
3.5 stars.

A real shame that the second half is phoned in. The first half is brilliant; at once a wonderful, heartbreaking story about a real person, and a clean, clear look at the evolution of the passing game and the roles of pass rushers and left tackles. And I know what the West Coast offense is now!

In the end, I wanted more football. Without taking anything away from the story of Michael Oher, which was great, I wanted Lewis's crisp, clear style to explain the intricacies of this very compli...more
I read this after seeing the movie version and was amazed that many of the precious details I assumed had been invented by Hollywood writers were real and actually happened. The book is mostly about Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager who was adopted by a white family in Memphis who then went on to be a successful football player. There are also a few dense chapters devoted to recent changes in professional football and how the player who guards the blind side of a quarterback now has greate...more
After seeing the movie I was curious about the book and though I'm not a big football fan decided to give it a read.

The story is well written and Michael Oher's story is compelling. I'd been curious about the Racism vs. Ole Miss angle as it was not emphasized in the film and knowing what I did of Ole Miss's history I was curious. This was covered very well in the book.

I was a bit daunted by depth of the coverage of the evolution of football in the book but I can't say I wasn't warned... The ti...more
Christine Theberge Rafal
My husband read this as a sports book, but as an educator I was very interested in the barriers poverty presents for getting through (or even "to") school. My father-in-law recently reminded me of the book when he recalled that Oher and his brother grew up in a section of Memphis where Census results showed not a single father in the entire zip code. Is anyone starting a Memphis Children's Zone?
Michael Oher grew up in the third poorest zip code in the United States, a village that was a “portrait of social dysfunction” (302). He lived with thirteen brothers and sisters all born under the same unemployed, alcoholic, substance-abusing mother, until the children were forcibly separated into foster homes. On many occasions, Michael fled from foster homes to reunite with his mother, often rendering him homeless in his search. From the extreme poverty of Memphis’ slums, the novel’s protagoni...more
Andrew Wenz
The Blind Side is a wonderful novel about a young man with an incredible story who will one day be one of the highest paid athletes in the National Football League. We first learn about Michael at the age of 13 when we read that his mom is addicted to crack; he doesn’t know his real name, his father, his birthday or any things a child should know by that age. Michael then learns to play football, go to school, and a family picks him off the streets and takes him into their home. The story mainly...more
Lewis writes two stories here. One is interesting. The other is mildly intriguing and probably not as a big a story as it seems.

When telling the story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid from Memphis adopted by a loaded white family and the journey he takes from uncommunicative, unschooled, untrusting child to a succesful lineman starring at Ole Miss it's a good story.

When writing about the emergence of the left tackle position in the NFL it was hard not to skip passages.

Left tackle is an key posi...more
Brenan Oglesby
"The Blind Side features two story lines, one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 1980's specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played. Thanks to Taylor's prowess at rushing the Quarterback, the Left Tackle(who protects the QB's blind side) quickly became one of the most important, and highest-paid positions on the football field.

The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts t...more
Mar 24, 2008 James rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: creative minds
This book already has 765 ratings, what can I add? :>

Michael Lewis is probably my favorite living author.

About 1980, Tracey Kidder wrote "THE SOUL OF A NEW MACHINE".

A book about how a bunch of employees at a computer company
designed a new computer against restraints of time and money.

I think this was probably the first book that took an
inside look at organizations and how they work to produce
something "new".

Michael Lewis has glommed on to this genre and has written
a series of great books....more
Conor Boyce
The Blind side is a novel about a troubled African American high school student who, with help from a wealthy white family, turns into a football prodigy. He shows great compassion and determination to leave a troubled life. I recommend this novel because it is a compelling story of compassion and determination. It shows that anyone can achieve greatness, no matter how hard and far you have to go to be great. I think it gives us the hardships one must endure to achieve greatness. Michael Oher, a...more
I am a big Michael Lewis fan, but Blind Side really missed the mark. This was a chance to explore race, socioeconomics, education, and college and professional sports. Instead, it becomes a story of how wonderful a white family is for taking in a poor, black kid who is then groomed to play football for the NFL. There are so many shades of gray in this true story, but Lewis never really "goes there" and it becomes clear why in the acknowledgments - he is childhood friends with the rich white man...more
You’ve seen the movie, now read the book. Michael Lewis truly has a knack for taking an ordinary subject that’s been endlessly profiled, such as the rags to riches story of a big black football player from the south, and peeling away unseen layers to reveal surprising depths and nuance. The opening, which solemnly recounts Joe Theismann’s gruesome injury at the hands of Lawrence Taylor, is a perfect introduction to “The Blind Side” as a football term, but also lays the groundwork for exploring t...more
I loved this book! Love, love, loved it. Interest in football? Zero. Interest in the surge of importance of a single football position I maybe could point out on the field, but probably not? Nope. Interest in the motives and actions of a white Christian Republican uber-rich Memphis family? Not even. Interest in this book which contains all of the above? Incredible. I couldn't put it down. That is the mark of a very good non-fiction writer. Do you like football? Read this book. Do you not like fo...more
Josh Andritsis
I enjoyed this book a lot which is why I gave it a high rating. I have seen the movie before I read the book, but suprisingly I liked the book better. It tells you important and in depth things that the movie the really never went into. I discovered that Michael originally wanted to play basketball not football at Briarcrest and that also his mentor was a basketball player. The main point is how Michael,a poor black kid who wasn't smart from the hood, somehow ended up going to a private high sch...more
I loved this book...well most of it anyway. Michael Oher's story was touching and I loved that specific part in this book. He changed his stars and put them in line. It was very inspirational. This started as a solid and clear 5 stars. Michael Lewis wrote this story so well.

But then he got all technical about football, coaches, players, and plays. Which, to be honest, really isn't my thing. I like football just a tad less than baseball, and I really don't like baseball. Football, to me, just see...more
Viktor S
The book I read was called The Blind Side. This was an exciting book and I overall really enjoyed it. There were some twists and turns during the plot, which made it very interesting. While reading the book, I kept in mind that this was based on a true story. The story of Michael Oher is a great one and it shows a lot about the world we live in. This book shows that no matter where you come from, when you put in work, time, and effort you can do anything you want in life. In this book, a succes...more
Brent Davies
Thought provoking end. What opportunities are placed in our path or not and how do those providences influence our ultimate summation. How much does visualizing the future determine who we become. How do we put blinders on to not focus on the obstacles to our success and by doing so, overcoming them because they don't weigh us down or cause to turn the ship around or give up on life. Interesting storytelling through multiple characters' perspective. The parallel timelines and how Orr fell in lin...more
Let me be clear: I am not a football fan. My motivation for reading this book is its consideration as mandatory summer reading this year. Set in Memphis, Tennessee, a city still racially polarized forty years after MLK’s assassination, The Blind Side works on multiple levels: as an explanation of the NFL’s growing reliance on QB passing as a game strategy and the need for the QB to be protected from injury(hence the development of offensive left guard) , an expose of college football recruiting...more
The Blind side was a good book, I’m not saying this just to sound corny but it was seriously the best book I have ever read. It was the greatest book because you didn’t have to be a football genius to understand what Michael Lewis was talking about he explained everything thoroughly but did not over explain. Also another thing I like about The Blind Side is that it goes out to a vast audience. It achieves this in the way that it has football for the guys who like football but also you can hate...more
Matt B.
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis was a very well written book. The beginning of the book was more of a background story about where Michael Oher, the main person of the story, came from. This gave me a look at what Michael had to come from and what he had to use as a motivation to want a better life than before. His mom was never around with him, he was a child without a home and no place to go. These which seemed to be small details made me want to keep reading. These background details were the...more
Michael Lewis
The Blind Side
New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc.
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“I was gonna put him on the bus,” said Michael, after he had been flagged for “excessive blocking.” This incredibly timed, performed, and excessive block was the play for which Michael would be most famous. Giving a tremendously detailed history of the game of football, Michael Lewis tells in The Blind Side, the true story of a boy who was given a second chance in family and in football.

The realiz...more
Amanda Redman
I really liked reading this book, almost as I liked watcing the movie. I decided to read this book because when I watched the movie there was so much going on in it, that it kept my attention. It's amazing how a young boy named, Michael Oher can go from not having a stable home, to becoming one of the best players in NHL history. The whole story talks about how to run the offensive to defensive line in football. How no matter how great you are, you will always have a blind side. While reading th...more
A remarkable story, of course. And an equally remarkable book.

I was surprised by how cinematic Michael Lewis's narrative in Blind Side was. I had sped-read the book when the hardback version first came out a couple years ago. Then I saw the movie & re-read the paperback version this past month.

It was striking how much TBS reads like a screenplay. Several of its most cinematic moments occur--pretty much verbatim--in the book version, too.

Bottom line: Michael is an exceptionally gifted writer....more
Steven Didier
The book The Blind Side by Michael Lewis is a really good book. I made a personal connection with it because I play football and I found it really enjoyable. I remember hearing about Michael Oher and his story while it was happening in real life. I was very interested in it and I thought it was a great story on how in the south not many people did these things because of racism. I thought that it was great that a white family broke that barrier on allowing a black person in their household. This...more
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Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

His latest book, Flash Boys, was published on March 31, 2014.
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“He was ignorant, but a lot of people mistook ignorance for stupidity, and knowingness for intelligence.” 17 likes
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