The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

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By (author) Michael Lewis

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 206mm x 26mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393330478
  • ISBN 13: 9780393330472
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 4 pages of photographs
  • Sales rank: 14,830

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The young man at the centre of this "compelling book" ("The Economist") will one day be among the most highly paid athletes in the National Football League. When Michael Lewis introduces him to the reader, he is one of thirteen children by a crack-addicted mother; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday or any of the things a child might learn in school-such as how to read or write. Nor has he ever touched a football.He takes up American 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 American football into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Lewis' protagonist turns out to be the priceless combination of size, speed and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

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Author information

MICHAEL LEWIS is the author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker, The New New Thing, and "brilliant" (The Specator), "fascinating story and absorbing read" (The Daily Telegraph), Moneyball (ISBN 978 0 393 32481 5).

Customer reviews

By philippa 13 Apr 2010 1

This is primarily a book about American Football. Stats, history, anecdotes of past players. Here and there are tiny sprinklings of Michael Oher's story. I bought the book to read about his life, but disappointingly, his story is pushed into the background as the reader is "impressed" with Michael Lewis' vast knowledge of the politics and history of American Football.

Who cares about American Football - not me!

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"The Blind Side is 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, Books of the Year 2006 "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 "[The Blind Side] provides deep insights about sport and America." The Spectator"