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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game
The Blind Side Evolution of a Game
Author: Michael Lewis
One day Michael Oher will 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 how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, evangelical family plucks...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780393330472
ISBN-10: 0393330478
Publication Date: 9/4/2007
Pages: 320
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 75 ratings
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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After watching the movie on DVD we obtained and read this book. It is truly a journey for Michael and wonderfully researched by the author. Pages and pages about coaches like Parcell, Walsh and the fire history of Lawrence Taylor provides a clear insight into the NFL as well as college coaches, high school amidst the problems of a cross cultural true story.
Even after reading it a first time, I went back and read parts again, and again.
If you are a football fan at any level, this you WILL enjoy. Magnificant true story.
sautter avatar reviewed The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game on + 5 more book reviews
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The Blind Side is an incredibly interesting and informative book about a poor African-American's escape from poverty to being adopted by a rich, White, conservative, Southern family and heavily recruited by the top college football programs in the country. This is set against the backdrop of a changing NFL.

Full review at Newsvine .
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Excellent book, well thought out. Good football analysis and an inspiring story (haven't seen movie).
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I know more about football than I expected to know. Good read.
historygal avatar reviewed The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game on + 10 more book reviews
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After watching the movie, I bought the book asap. It was a great read, well-written and very engaging even for someone who is not a football fan by any stretch of the imagination. I plan on working it into my history elective syllabus.
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havan avatar reviewed The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game on + 138 more book reviews
After seeing the movie I was curious about the book and though I'm not a big football fan decided to give it a read.

The story is well written and Michael Oher's story is compelling. I'd been curious about the Racism vs. Ole Miss angle as it was not emphasized in the film and knowing what I did of Ole Miss's history I was curious. This was covered very well in the book.

I was a bit daunted by depth of the coverage of the evolution of football in the book but I can't say I wasn't warned... The title indicated as much. Mostly the explanations of football strategy were very good and I followed most of it though I'm in no way a fan of the game. There were a few sections (particularly when the footnotes got to be close to half a page) when the football details became too much for me but I'm sure that dyed in the wool fans loved it.

Even the sections on Lawrence Taylor and and Steve Wallace, and John Ayers were eminently readable, even for a non-fan.

If you're a sports fan or if you've got one on your gift list, this may well be a great buy. If you'd rather not learn a lot about football but are still curious about the Michael Oher story, by all means, check out the movie.
tiffanyak avatar reviewed The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game on + 215 more book reviews
I loved the movie, but the book ruined it for me. The family comes across as paternalistic and opportunistic, while Michael is just a boy who needs help. At the end of the day, there is a reason why the NCAA qualifying GPA was the magical number to reach. Overall, I was left upset and annoyed by the book, where there was none of the soul searching that redeems the parents somewhat in the movie. Also, there was too much about the technicalities and recent historical developments in football.
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I'm not a very eloquent writer, so I'll keep this short and sweet. This book is fabulous.
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I thought the book was interesting. It certainly was not the same book as the movie, which, it turns out, provides a star vehicle for Sandra Bullock.

Nevertheless, I learned a lot about football...which I do enjoy.

But in the long football narratives dragged the book a bit.

Still, I do recommend it!