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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game : Evolution of a Game
"Lewis has such a gift for storytelling... he writes as lucidly for sports fans as for those who read him for other reasons."--Janet Maslin, New York TimesWhen we first meet Michael Oher 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 itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.
" Lewis's overview of the evolution of NFL strategy... is not only sound but shrewder than that of many so-called football insiders who can't see the forest for the trees. " - Washington Post
" Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect. " - Publishers Weekly
" ?The Blind Side ?is as insightful and moving a meditation on class inequality in America as I have ever read-although to put it that way, I realize, makes it sound deadly dull. It isn't. " - Malcolm Gladwell
" [Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism. " - New York Times Book Review
" The Blind Side ?works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second, as an exposé of the insanity of big-time college football recruiting; and, third, as a moving portrait of the positive effect that love, family, and education can have in reversing the path of a life that was destined to be lived unhappily and, most likely, end badly. " - Booklist
" It's not a jock book. It's not a sociology book. It's a storybook about modern society, ancient virtues, and the power of love, money and talent to do a little good. " - Baltimore Sun
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1 . Awesome. A beautiful story
Posted May 06, 2010 by Susan , Lebanon, PAI am not very good with football knowledge but, even, the statistics of the evolution of football kept me interested. It was very much needed to understand how Michael Oher would fit into the game and the position he would eventually play. I have so much respect for Michael and the Tuohy family. The movie was good and the book even better.
2 . Great book for sports fans
Posted May 06, 2010 by Steve , Anderson, SCI really liked this book. It combined a great story with an interesting history of the development of the game of football. I highly recommend especially for those who have an interest in professional sports.
3 . Left me completely dissapointed!
Posted February 23, 2010 by amanda s. , ontario, ca.As soon as I saw the previews on tv for the movie based on this book I couldnt wait to read it. So many books are better than their movie based counterparts. However this book isn't one of them. If you enjoy never ending football statistics and play by play action of a football game in a book then this is the book for you. There were a couple small sections about the intriguing young black man and the family that helped him to greatness... but inevitably you were right back to football stastistics in the blink of an eye. I hated it so much I couldnt make myself finish it. I have never done that. Horribly dissapointed.
4 . I ASSALUTLY LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO TO READ!
Posted January 25, 2010 by im awesome , Los angelosYOU HAVE TO READ THIS ! i HATE SPORTS BUT THIS BOOK IS AMAZING!!! yOU HAVENT LIVED UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS!
5 . To Much Football Talk
Posted January 09, 2010 by Posted January 8, 2010 Nancy , New YorkI like football but the story line was getting to much for me. Movie so much better. Bottom line a wonderful story line. See the movie instead of reading it.
6 . Good Book. Better Movie.
Posted January 02, 2010 by Michael , TorontoThe book was touching to read and even more touching to watch as you see the movie come to life with Michael's feelings.
7 . It's a Sports Book, Not a Biography!
Posted December 30, 2009 by Amber J , Studio City, CAIf you're looking for the book on which the movie 'The Blind Side' is based, you may be slightly disappointed. First and foremost, Michael Lewis is a sportswriter. The full title of this book (in its original printing) is 'The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game,' which should give you a hint it's a sports book. If you have read any of his other books, like Moneyball, Lewis is concerned with dissecting sports and understanding how they work. In order to tell the story of a sport, he finds a real life phenomenon to emphasize his opinions about the sport in question. With Moneyball, he used the story of Billy Bean and the Oakland A's as the backdrop for his dissection of baseball; in The Blind Side, the inspirational story of Michael Oher and the Tuohy family provides the backdrop.
In The Blind Side, Lewis takes on the king of sports, football, and tries to make sense of how the game works and give light to the positions that really determine the outcome of the game (most people think it's the QB and flashy receivers and running backs, but they're only a part of the equation). As he unfolds the history behind the left tackle position, he focuses on Michael Oher, a kid from the Memphis ghettos who is taken in by an affluent white Christian family, and given an opportunity to thrive and excel to ultimately realize his potential and play in the NFL.
To say the story of Oher and the Tuohys is inspirational is an understatement. However, if you've seen the movie, or heard of the story, and are looking for a more detailed biography, you'll probably be disappointed. Lewis isn't a biographer, he's a sports writer, and this story is about football, first and last.
8 . Hyprocrites.....shut up!
Posted December 26, 2009 by SH , St. Louis, MOOkay, I know many people don't like football, but still; you can't say a book is horrible because you don't like football. The point is passion. I absolutely loved it and I also saw the movie. I cried my eyes out in the movie because of PASSION!!! I'm only 14 and that is sad to say because how old are you???? 40??? Anyway, thats all. So the next time you criticize a book because of something YOU don't like, think twice.
9 . Have to appreciate football to appreciate this book
Posted December 23, 2009 by RM , CanadaI thought this book was great. But I am a big football fan and loved all the stats that the book provided. It gave me a greater appreciation for the game of football. Just so everyone knows, I am female and yes I do love to watch football.
This was also a very inspirational story of a young man that got his chance in life because of the way the game of football has evolved over the years. If you didn't get the background information on football then you wouldn't appreciate the reason this young man got his chance to play any kind of football, let alone in the NFL.
Again, I loved this book not only because of the inspirational story but because of the background of football that it provided.
If you are a big football fan then read it. If not, you probably won't like it.
10 . Ugh....
Posted December 18, 2009 by A , ReginaWell after reading the other reviews I feel better about the fact that I found this book entirely too much about football. It goes into the history of the running game, high school, college and the NFL game. I was really looking forward to a good story with some football, but that is not what this book is! It is mainly football plays, history and the development of the game and the difference between the different leagues with just a little about Michael. I found it very difficult to stay focused and was relieved when I was done the book.
W. W. Norton & Company
October 09, 2009
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