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Publisher's Summary

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of 13 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. And he has no serious experience playing organized 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.
In The Blind Side, Lewis shows us a largely unanalyzed but inexorable trend in football working its way down from the pros to the high-school game, where it collides with the life of a single young man to produce a narrative of great and surprising power.
©2006 Michael Lewis (P)2006 Books on Tape
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Critic Reviews

"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....Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Chris on 10-12-09

Touching and Informative

This was a fantastic book. As the title suggests, I was stunned to hear the details of Michael Oher's background. I was expecting more of a x's and o's type of story about the evolution of the left tackle position. The information in that area was used instead to reinforce Oher's value to the NFL and those around him.

This was a very well written book that is both socially and historically informative. The limited information on the evolution of the "Blind Side" is not abundant, but it is thouroughly informative. The emphasis on Michael Oher's background, and his relationship with the Tuohy family is eye-opening.

Don't wait for the movie, listen to triumph of the human spirit unabridged.

P.S. The dictation by Hoye was great, I loved his cajun accent.

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By V. Brown on 03-14-08

a very human sports story

this book can alter the way you watch a football game. You WILL notice the line play and the constant pressure of rusher to get to the QB. Beneath all that is a another, very different story of a quiet young man of unique physical gifts and of abject neglect and poverty. The football teams want him for what he can become: an all pro left tackle. He is used to a solitary, impoverished life of fending for himself; he distrusts those who can help him with food clothing and shelter. Point and counter-point, Lewis writes a true story that is compelling to hear. A tale very very well told.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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By Busster on 09-16-14

Slow start

What disappointed you about The Blind Side?

The non NFL reader will find the first two chapters labourious

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Better when it got going.

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By Amazon Customer on 03-24-17

Even better than the film.

I came to this knowing nothing about American football, so the in depth and very detailed talk about players and techniques on the football field initially seemed a turn-off. But the narrator has a great voice and sounds patient as he explains it and before you knew I feel confident talking about AF and I got so much more out of the central Michael Orr story from knowing the background. It's a brilliant book, brilliantly read and I strongly recommend it!

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By PT on 02-03-16

Great Story

Loved the film which is why I decided to get the book and even though I'm from Australia and have very limited knowledge and understanding of American Football, the jargon and statistics didn't get in the way of the story.

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