The Blind Side

The Blind Side

Evolution of A Game

Book - 2006
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The young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When we first meet him, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school - such as, say, how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.

What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, c2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780393061239
Branch Call Number: B OHER MICHAEL
Characteristics: 299 p. ; 25 cm.


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Mar 08, 2018

I picked up this book after reading Michael Lewis’s Moneyball, which was about statistics and baseball, expecting to read a story about the development of football. While I did learn a few things about the evolution of football as a game, this book was much more about the story of a very poor kid named Michael Oher and his progression through the high school and college sports environment as he tried to make it into professional football. Overall this wasn’t a bad thing, as having two characters like Michael Oher and his foster mom Leigh Anne Tuohy who are so easy to root for, kept the story very exciting. Additionally, this story made me realise some of the absurdities of college sports. For example, colleges encouraging athletes to take useless courses just so they graduate on time instead of trying to accommodate college athletes more with reasonable graduation times or paying them with real money instead of a quasi-fake education. I would recommend The Blind Side to anyone who is interested in football and the education around it as it was gripping and interesting but not entirely focused on the sport of football.
- @CookieMonster of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 28, 2017

Another amazing book by Michael Lewis. I'm fortunate to have watched the movie prior to reading the book because there are just so many intriguing characters that you want to put a face to!

After watching the movie, the book has so many extra details that are fun to read while the movie's timeline seems to flow better despite the book being written generally in chronological order. A great read even for non-football/sports fans.

bibliotechnocrat Jul 24, 2016

An oddly structured book, quite different from the film with Sandra Bullock. Lewis begins by describing how American football changed due to evolving strategy and the arrival of free agency, etc. At first I thought this wasn't the book about a family taking in a big disadvantaged kid, but then the author switches gears - it turns out that the kid (Michael Oher) has all the attributes needed in the restyled game of football. Lewis is a great writer and even the rather lengthy parts about the changing game are interesting (though I'm no fan of football). It is the story of a rich, white family taking in a refugee from the wrong side of the tracks - and all the attendant sociological implications - that really works for me though, even if their motives seem a bit mixed. Complicated and fascinating.

Jun 26, 2014

Some football knowledge is helpful, but I found I could figure out what he meant because his descriptions were well done. A story of hope and success where it very well could of been otherwise.

Nov 30, 2012

This book was so much more interesting than the movie. This really looks in an unsentimental way, at the development of football and how it's changes created the need for players like Michael Oher. I enjoyed this even over Moneyball

May 25, 2011

excellent and informative book about football for a non-fan

njkenney Feb 04, 2011

Michael Lewis’ book, The Blind Side; Evolution of a Game, begins with the moments leading up to Theismann’s career ending injury and the reader learns the blind side is a reference to a quarterback’s greatest vulnerability and what it means to protect it.

The Blind Side is not a typical “rags to riches story” about a poor kid who miraculously falls into a wonderful family and turns his life around. True, Michael Oher did jump through some serious hoops before becoming an Ole Miss Rebel and the Touhy family did some wonderful things for him. But Michael’s story runs parallel to those of the NFL and how the game has developed since Lawrence Taylor toppled Joe Theismann. The author’s attention to detail and knowledge of the game makes this a great book for anyone who considers himself (herself) a football fan.

Nov 15, 2010

Way too much football language and name dropping for me to enjoy and keep up with the story. I'll stick to the movie.


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