The Blind Side
The New York Times Bestseller
The book behind the Academy award-winning film starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.
Opening in theaters November 20, 2009, The Blind Side is a feature movie based on Michael’s Lewis’s New York Times bestseller, produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The Blind Side tells the inspirational story of Michael Oher, a homeless black teen taken under the wing of the Touhys, a wealthy white Memphis family. Oher’s size and speed on the football field bring him accolades. But learning the game’s strategy and making it as a student take the help of his new family, coaches, and tutor.
Sandra Bullock stars as Leigh Anne Touhy, the sharp-witted and compassionate matriarch. Tim McGraw stars as her sports-enthusiast husband. Oscar winner Kathy Bates plays Miss Sue, Oher’s indefatigable tutor. Quinton Aaron has his first major role as Oher. John Lee Hancock, who directed The Rookie and The Alamo, writes and directs the film.
Michael Oher was just drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. This edition includes a new afterword bringing Oher’s life up to date through college and the NFL.
- October 2009
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 352 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“Starred Review. As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers.... 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
“It's much more than a treatise on football; it's an exploration of the
limits of conventional thinking and how strategic changes affect the
value of quick-footed behemoths.... That he makes it easy
for his reader to comprehend—and enjoy—is enough for most critics to
give Lewis's latest a rousing cheer.” — Bookmarks Magazine
“Starred Review.... The book
works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second,
as an expose 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
“A wonderful tale.” — John Gapper, Financial Times
“Lewis has made a habit of writing about sport recently, but sport is
really only a subtext for a much more meaningful examination of class
and race. I wept at the end, something I have not done at the end of a
work of non-fiction for a very long time.” — Malcolm Gladwell, The Observer
“The strongest strand of The Blind Side is about sporting strategy.
When brain defeats brawn in one of Michael Lewis's books, you can
almost hear the prose style lift off.” — Ed Smith, The Times [London]
“Provides deep insights about sport and America.” — The Spectator
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