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4.16  ·  Rating details ·  92,010 ratings  ·  4,078 reviews
When we first meet Michael Oher, 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 i ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published September 17th 2006)
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Jason The book is a little more detailed and nuanced about some of the suspicion of the family's motives and, more importantly, the book spends far more tim…moreThe book is a little more detailed and nuanced about some of the suspicion of the family's motives and, more importantly, the book spends far more time detailing the historical changes in football offences that have lead to his position becoming the second most valuable position on the field in the NFL.(less)

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jv poore
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis was not one of the Biographies on my massive To-Read list. I did not see the movie and I am probably not a true sports fan. Nonetheless, when Boy brought the book home for his Sports Literature class, I had to read it first. He told me it was about football.

It is not about football. Not exactly, and not entirely.

I will admit to being pleasantly surprised by how incredibly interesting the football parts were. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about Tom Lemming and it
Jason Koivu
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
FOO-BAH! FOO-BAH! 24-7, 365 Days a Year!

Seriously, doesn't it seem like football is happening year 'round these days? The NFL with the help of ESPN has done a hell of a job making themselves ubiquitous. Lucky for me, I love the game. Sucks for those who don't, though...

The Blind Side is a nice, concise slice of today's true American Pastime, and it's the sort of feel-good story that will appeal to a broad audience (and by broad I don't necessarily mean dames!) *twiddles cigar and jiggles eyebrow
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blind Side:The Evolution Of A Game by Michael Lewis is a book split into two Stories one is about the game (NFL) and has much history of the game which is interesting also you don't loose sight of the other part of the story either it balances out really well.
The other part of the story is about the up and coming life of Michael Oher from his terrible childhood to when he makes it to the NFL and becomes one of highest paid athletes, there are many up and downs in this young man's life and al
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 12, 2007 rated it liked it
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
Dnf at 104. Now, let me explain. So I absolutely loved the movie The Blind Side, I've seen it many many times and that's saying something because I hate sports. With that being said, I hate football, and that is why this book didn't do it for me. The book seemed to read more like a documentary in my opinion and I rather watch a documentary then read one. It also had way more football talk in it then the movie and I felt like I was learning more about the sport itself then Michael Oher's life.

Elizabeth (Elzburg)
I think The Blind Side is the kind of book that anyone can read--football fans and foes alike. "Football haters too?!" Yes, dependent on the depth of your hostility.

I literally did not care one bit for football prior to reading this book, and was very okay with keeping things that way. That was... Until recently. My boyfriend ex-boyfriend is hopelessly obsessed with football, and keeps trying to get me into it, with little success. A big reason I haven't been able to extract any semblance of ent
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie G
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tennessee-waltz
When I was an young adolescent, I was a cheerleader. (This is difficult to admit publicly, but there it is). At the football games, when I faced the audience and performed, I felt on top of the world. When I turned around and was forced to watch the game, I was bored out of my mind.

Once, as we girls were cheering "O-F-F-E-N-S-E: Offense, Offense, Go Team!" a dad of one of the players threw an empty soda can at us and shouted, "You idiots! We're on DEFENSE!"

I remember looking around at the other
Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
9/25/09 - As a book club read, this was different. And as football is not my favorite sport (I don't dislike it, but for me it ranks below baseball & basketball), I wasn't sure how I was going to like it, but I went in with an open mind. It basically alternates between chapters about football player Michael Oher's "history" & the emerging importance of the position of left tackle in the NFL and in college football. Overall, a very educational story for me. For someone who doesn't necessarily con ...more
Jose Tagle
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa Perret
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A little light on the human side of the story and heavy on the football- which I found a bit difficult to follow! It was still a powerful story, but I definitely preferred the movie.
In other news, this is my 85th book of the year which means I hit my goal for 2020. I had estimated a little lower than last year, thinking we'd be busy with travelling and I wouldn't read much with Noah to entertain... but then COVID came along and I had a surprising amount of time to tuck into a book. The new goal
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uplifting and inspiring. Enjoyed the book, and loved the movie. Hooray, for those who have the courage to fight prejudice.
Mary Ronan Drew
Oct 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Michael Lewis does it again, this time with football. This is the story of a black kid from the country's third poorest zip code in Memphis who was adopted by a wealthy white family (they own their own jet) and with lots of support from the father of a son and from coaches and teachers and tutors played football at Old Miss and made it to the NFL and multi-million dollar contracts.

Woven into the story of Michael Oher is the development of the importance of the left tackle in professional footbal
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
Annalise Nakoneczny
Sep 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, 2022
It has taken me so long to read this book because I went back to Texas and it stayed in Connecticut. This book is FASCINATING and provides a much truer and fuller story than the movie The Blind Side did. Lewis toggles back and forth between the story of Michael Oher and the history, importance, and story behind the left tackle position in football. The account of Oher's life is fascinating, as are the varying motivations and prejudices of those around him-- both the people looking to protect him ...more
Sherry Sharpnack
Oct 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Let me start this review by pointing out the obvious: This book is NOT the feel-good movie starring Sandra Bullock as the force-of-nature LeighAnn Tuohy (I'm downplaying the fact that it celebrates a white "savior" for a troubled Black boy...). That was a suprise.
I really enjoy Michael Lewis' ability to delineate an issue and explain it so even someone w/ no experience in the subject matter can understand it (like me w/ "shorting" stocks. I didn't "get it" at all until my husband had me watch th
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
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
The Blindside took me by surprise. I was expecting a book documenting the life of Michael Oher, but instead I got a 300 page description of how football has changed-- with Oher's experience to enhance it.

Lewis uses the facts of Oher's life parallel with notable changes in the National Football League (NFL). Though these events did not occur simultaneously, Lewis connects them as if they were meant to go hand in hand. And in some ways, maybe they were.

For anybody who has seen the movie portrayal
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have zero interest in football and wasn't planning to read this book, even though I consistently like everything that Michael Lewis writes. I came across a copy at a book swap, took it home and read it in 24 hours. Fantastic. An amazing story. Lewis is the master at explaining complicated data and trends and making them feel relevant (and understanding which ones actually ARE relevant); and linking them with real people's real stories. He makes these people so interesting, maybe more interesti ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-reads
Had no idea what was going on. I don't speak football. ...more
Unorganized and totally inaccessible to someone who doesn’t know the most about football.
Sep 05, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will likely never be a football fan, so it surprised me just as much as anyone that I really enjoyed this book. I certainly feel I understand the game better, which is saying something from someone who has had it explained about a dozen times before and promptly forgotten all of it.

As for the story, I won't make judgments on these people's lives, but I was left wanting to know more. Did Leigh Anne ever start her foundation? How has Michael's career gone? These will be independent research proj
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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.

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