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The Blind Side by Michael   Lewis
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Jul 25, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: sports-other
Read in August, 2009

An enthralling narrative - Lewis's prose far exceeds that of Moneyball or Liar's Poker, the other two books from him I've read - which fails only when it doesn't give the reader (which is me, I guess) what it wants. The details of Oher's early life are built up extensively, but feel like an anti-climax when finally explicated. The sociological commentary towards the end also feels conspicuously misplaced, especially since it feels like Lewis should be concluding the titular "evolution of a game" rather than solving American race relations.

This book remains impossibly readable and is recommended for absolutely anyone who has ever watched a (gridiron) football game. I barely knew the difference between a tackle and a guard... okay, before reading this book I really didn't... but Lewis's ability to explain complicated concepts in less than two hundred words keep the reader entranced even if he or she doesn't know who Bill Parcells is.

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