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The Blind Side

Evolution of a Game

Michael Lewis (Author)

 

"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 Times

When 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.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2007
  • ISBN 978-0-393-33047-2
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 352 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

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“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.” — Jay Hancock, Baltimore Sun

​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'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.” — Allen Barra, Washington Post

“[Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism.” — George F. Will, 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.” — Wes Lukowsky, Booklist

“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

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