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The Blind Side by Michael   Lewis
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Apr 02, 2009

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Michael Lewis writes really well. He's got the ear and words of an investigative journalist. His stories reach just behind the headlines to find interesting---almost fictional---characters because they are portrayed as protagonists in a bigger story. Starting with Wall Street in Liar's Poker, to baseball in Moneyball, to the internet in New New Thing, to high school football in this book. He cites figures, like how the left tackle is one of the highest paid positions in professional football. He talks about his characters, like how Michael Oher was always hungry, and how that's the only thing you can think about when you are hungry.

As in his other books, the characters and their lives dominate the book. It reads like a segment of 60 minutes, but with greater depth. Lewis has the knack for picking out the key players in his subject book.

While this book has Lewis's usual compelling character (Oher), the story is somehow less compelling. And over time, Oher's impact does not seem to be as great in the College Football world. I really wanted to read more about Colleges and Pro ball. But Oher's draft number comes up in a couple of months. We shall see.

Recommended for people interested in the business of football.

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