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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  65,538 Ratings  ·  3,367 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, 352 pages
Published September 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2006)
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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
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Patrick
Dec 19, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Mahlon
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Elisa
Jan 25, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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
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Aaron
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
Adam
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
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Coleen
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 necessa ...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
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Diane
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
Donna
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
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Sherese
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
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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
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Meghan
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
Christine
Mar 17, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teaching, sports
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?
Kaitlin
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: school-reads
Had no idea what was going on. I don't speak football.
Stephen
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
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Melissa
I'm not even going to bother putting the excerpt for this book since if you've seen the movie you know what its about. I'm going to put it straight that i am not a sports fan. I know absolutely nothing about sports, nor do i care to learn. The reason i picked up the book was because i liked the movie.Whenever i see movies based on books and i like it i tend to read the book next. Unfortunately the book is nothing like the movie. In fact unless your a sports or football fan that it's probably saf ...more
Matthew
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Patricia
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
Husein
Oct 13, 2016 added it
Shelves: فیلم
کتابش رو نخوندم اما فیلمش رو دیدم و یکی از بهترین فیلم هایی بود که تا حالا دیدم و سر شار از مفاهیم آموزشی ، تربیتی ، انسانی و روانشناسیه دیدن این فیلم رو به همه دوستان پیشنهاد می کنم داستان در مورد زندگی واقعی مایکل اور نوجون امریکاییه بی خانمانیست که توسط یک خانواده ثروتمند و انساندوست مورد سرپرستی و حمایت قرار می گیرد ...
Cynthia
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
Pasquale
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jake
Mar 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
As a young adolescent, I was a football cheerleader. When I faced the audience and performed, I was on top of the world. When I turned around and watched the game, I was disinterested to the point of wishing I could read a book, right there on the side of the field.

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 girls, thinking.
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Vent Casey
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best stories, and books, that I've read yet. The book, I come to find, is a progression of interweaving stories; about the evolution of the position of left offensive tackle in American football; the free market increase of value of that position, and why it became so important; the central character, Oher, and how it came to pass that he wound up playing the position; the socioeconomic factors that played into his struggle out of the slums of Memphis' west side; the business ...more
Joi
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
What a great 'get myself ready for football season' book! I surprisingly haven't seen the movie, and had only heard about Michael Oher briefly. Lewis does a great job of intertwining a few decades worth of football history and one man's journey into football.

There is a lot of history- which I think non-football fans could find boring. I however, thoroughly enjoyed it. Learning how the recruiting of high school football players to college has changed and progressed. Learning how the entire game
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Andrew Wenz
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
James
Mar 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
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Brenan Oglesby
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Charly
Jan 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone, especially sports fans
I think the full title of this book is very important to understand before you pick this up. It is a book about the evolution of the game of pro football and the changes that brought about the marketability of Michael Oher.

Were this not a true story, one would almost think the development of his part of the story is a bit far fetched. Is this a kid with a dream to become an NBA star turning into an all pro caliber lineman or is it a kid who once discovered plays the "game" to get to the money? A
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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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