The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

by Michael Lewis


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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis

When we first meet him, Michael Oher 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 him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability-his blind side.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393330472
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/04/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 39,884
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Lewis is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, The Big Short, and The Undoing Project. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

Date of Birth:

October 15, 1960

Place of Birth:

New Orleans, LA


Princeton University, B.A. in Art History, 1982; London School of Economics, 1985

Table of Contents

Back Story     15
The Market for Football Players     29
Crossing the Line     45
The Blank Slate     75
Death of a Lineman     103
Inventing Michael     131
The Pasta Coach     167
Character Courses     197
Birth of a Star     231
The Egg Bowl     263
Freak of Nurture     293
And Moses Stuttered     313
Afterword to the Paperback Edition     331
Author's Note     335

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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 775 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Living in the third poorest zip code in the United States, very few people get out to lead better lives. In the thought-provoking book The Blind Side, a fifteen year old boy named Michael Oher acquires the chance to leave because of his athletic ability. At age fifteen and already six foot five and 330 pounds, Michael has the build of a prototypical NFL offensive lineman. In a once in a million chance a rich white family adopts him and helps him reach his new goal of becoming a sports superstar. Throughout the book, Michael Lewis shifts from point to point, telling the reader about Michael but then explaining the offensive lineman¿s job in minute detail. You learn that Oher¿s mother is on crack, his dad is dead, and he¿s escaped from several foster homes as a child. I simply shook my head in wonder reading this book about how many good and bad things can happen simultaneously. I definitely suggest reading this book, as it is both touching and tells an avid sports fan much more in depth about the game of football than they ever thought. Sean period 4-6
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side was enjoyable because of it powerful message about overcoming and putting others first. Through out the whole book the Tuogh family goes out of there way to help a young boy that they do not even know. Reading the book made me want to go out in my community and do something to help. Reading about how loving the family was, showed me the proper way for a christain family to act. I love hearing storys of people doing what ever they can to make a diffeance in some ones life that they dont even know, The Blind Side is a the perfect example of this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good. i really don't like to read books, but i understod this one. mostly impart because it was about football, something i really like to play. it inspires you not to give up in life, or anything for that matter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side is a wonderfully written book about a famous, highly paid, football player, Michael Oher. Michael was not the average kid. He has thirteen brothers and sisters, his mom is addicted to crack, he doesn't know his father, he had never touched a football, and he doesn't know the basics to a good education such as reading and writing. He didn't have a stable home and didn't attend school on a regular basis. Then, his life took a turn for the better. He, some how, got into Briarcrest Christian School and was adopted by a wealthy white family. He and his new family worked hard to obtain an acceptable grade point average for the NCAA so he could play college football. Michael Oher faced and overcame many challenges. His life is mysterious, sad, and inspiring. He was able to make something of himself, with the help of others, and reached the ¿American Dream¿.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story and wished for more about Michael Oher and the Thouy family. I was completely bored with the pages and pages of football plays and football history. I am not that big a fan. I found myself skimming those pages to move on to the actual story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had seen the movie, which prompted me to read the book. The book does focus on the relationship between Michael Oher and the Touhy family, but to a lesser degree than the movie. The book focuses equally on Oher's relationship with the Touhys and the evolution of the game of professional football. Although I'm not a football fan, I received an education on how professional football has changed over the last 40 years. I was hoping for more detail regarding the interpersonal relationship aspects of the story, and instead found out more about football than I ever wanted to know. If you're a football fan you'll love the book. If you're looking for a more in-depth look at the relationships of the people involved you'll be dissapointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As well as you know, the book is always better than the movie. The Blind Side is a work of excellent entertainment. The story of Michael Oher is a story of classic rags to riches, but the Tuohy family changing his and their lives the moment they picked Michael up that cold night. The point of his education played such a integral part in his life that again the Tuohy family had a part in. The Blind Side is such a good feel good story. You don't have to be a sports fan, you don't have to be any kind of a fan to enjoy this story. great reading!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story. I read this book not knowing they were making it into a movie and I'm so glad I did. I only hope the movie can do the book justice. At times, the book can get very football intense which I was not expecting, but if you can hang in there it's worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was great! I learned about college recruiting,football,and gaining sucess through unexpected means. My only downside was the history lessons on football. The information really interrupted the exciting story. But, was very interesting in its own way. Besides the football lessons it was still a great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been interested in sports due to the lessons learned in developing leadership and motivational skills. It has always been fascinating to me to see what separates the winners from losers, the good players from the super stars, and the bench players from the starters. I used to think it was their unusual physical abilities. It is apparent to me now the intangible differences lie in the mental conditioning. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to one and all. What is especially appealing is that those not interested in sports will still be enthralled, entertained, and captivated. Reading 'The Blind Side' brings home the fact mental toughness starts in one's environment. It is a story bigger than just football. It is an inspirational, motivational, and engergizing story about the differences in a life one person can make. Reginald V. Johnson, author, 'How To Be Happy, Successful, And Rich'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a pretty big disapointment. There was too much about football and not enough about Michael Oher and the Touhys. And Im a football fan. Parts with Michael were good though. Wouldnt have watched movie if I had read book first. Movie was way better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side by Michael Lewis was a truly great book. Michael Oher was a young poor black kid that had excellent football skills. He was never known as an athletic or academic kid because of where he was from. As Michael got adopted/picked to live with his football coach and his family, he began to live a life of a regular football player, and a normal human being. Over time Michaels academic and athleticism increased, and he became a great player. From there Michael move on into college at Ole Miss. And he went to the NFL getting drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. This book is great because it showed how Michael matured, and overcame though situations throughout his life. This book demonstrates how not only you over time can become better at school, but also at sports. I learned multiple things from this book including that nothing is impossible, and if you put your mind to something, and try your hardest you will eventually succeed. This book deserves a 5 out of 5 stars, and I highly recommend that everyone no matter if they life sports or not, they read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a book my husband and I can read. The human story is personal and uplifting. The back ground of football was very informative yet not super dry. I actually might be able to watch a pro game now with out being bored to tears.
FredT More than 1 year ago
Both my wife (not a football fan) and me (a football fan) read this book straight through over 2 days. It combines a compelling emotional story (told in the movie) with much more background on the football side of the story and the social side of kids growing up in the shifting sands of absentee parents and economic and social deprivation. At the end of the book, the story of Michael is pulled together in a comprehensive and compelling way that the movie couldn't accomplish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side the book is even better than the movie which is outstanding. The book is the story of Michael Oher and his tremendous turn around life. After having a childhood where is mother was addicted to crack and living on the street having the to Tuohy family take him in was a big change. Throughout the book you follow Michael on his football journey of becoming a great left tackle and every page you feel like you know him and are cheering for him the whole time. This book has the message of how hard work pays off and it is worth it in the end. Anyone who has seen the movie and liked it will love the book. Also anyone who likes football or a great story should read this book, since it is great for men and women of any age group. My overall rate of this book is five of five stars because it was an entertaining book that I really enjoyed. I liked this book because it was easy to understand and relate to. I love watching football so reading this book painted a picture in your head of what was going on and it made you feel like you were there and you were part of the family or crowd cheering on Michael. A dislike of the this book was since watching the movie made me want to read the book I knew how things were going to turn out, so it took away some of the suspense and shock at the outcomes. Also I was visualizing the movie characters instead of making up my own in my head. The book at some points dragged on and got boring, but I just skipped over them and enjoyed the rest. But I would strongly suggest watching the movie but like always read the book first and they both will be great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side The Blind Side is about Michael Oher. He is one of 13 children to a mother addicted to crack. They live in the middle of a city owned by gangs and full of drugs and violence. Michael has little to no knowledge and no real home. Then one day, a man named Tony Henderson takes his son to get a Christian education, because of his mothers dying wish. To keep Michael from heading towards a bad end , he takes Michael with him. Because of his choice, he meets a rich, white family that changes his life forever. What I like about this book is that someone who knows nothing about this poor black boy, takes him in and gives him a new life. This is something we all should do, take care of each other. I could not find anything bad about this book. I recommened this book if you like to see triumph in the face of adversity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book that even topped the movie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A true,heartfting story about a poor football player off of the streets,who makes a football game a series of suprising events.Michael ore changes the lives of many,espec the Tuii's,who took michael in when he needed it,he was respectful but confused and found his way to a happier life even when he faced hard times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live the movie and i love the book even more u need to read this dook it life changing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first he was bad at football then he was good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much its so sweet it brought me to tear when that lady i just forgot her name but anyway its so sweet that she helped out michael that is just so nice and i thing alot of people would enjoy the book and the movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look around me and see white everywhere, white walls, white floors, and a lot of white people. The teachers don't realize that I have no idea what there talking about, they give me homework and expect me to do the problems on my own. I have never done homework in my life. I go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and say,"This is not Micheal Oher".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
too much football talk for a football book xD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The blind side is a good book it teachs a lesson
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Blind Side The Blind Side, a story based upon the life of Michael Oher and his journey from the streets to being a star offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens. Michael grew up in a very dysfunctional household with the absence of a father and his mothers drug abuse. He wandered the streets for food and shelter not knowing where he is going to stay or where his next meal will come from. One day on a cold snowy night he was spotted by the Tuohys and they took him in under their wing and that is where the story begins. The major theme in this book was overcoming challenges. An example of Michael having to overcome challenges was based upon his schoolwork. Before he attended Briarcrest Christian School Michael was apart of the Memphis school district, where they found it easier that instead of flunking the student they would give him the necessary grade to be passed onto the next grade level. He was in the 6th percentile for academics. Teachers at Briarcrest thought that Michael was a lost cause and no matter how much they tried to teach him he never seemed to retain any knowledge. It seemed as though his short stint at Briarcrest was coming to an end, until one day. Michael’s Biology teacher tried to give the test to him orally and to her surprise there was evidence that Michael was retaining the information. This shows how even when all seemed lost there was evidence that Michael was showing promise and because of that it led to his eventual involvement in sports. Some of the things that I liked most about this book is its use of description when referring to Michael or to the emotions to the rest of the people in the book. It helps you as reader to have a sense of what they were feeling and put you into their shoes. A few of the things I did not like about the book was how it lacked a real climax to the story. It at times seemed to just go through the motions and because of that can maybe bore you at times. If you liked the movie I would definitely recommend reading this. The movie really focuses on him playing football, where in the book it really goes into depth about his family life and his struggles with academics. He not only played football, but he was a basketball star and broke numerous shot put and discus records simply by analyzing others and mimicking their movements. So overall I would give this book three stars out of five because I liked the story and how Michael beat the odds and overcame numerous obstacles, but at times it somewhat bored me because it seemed to just go through the motions and never really meet that climax point. If you enjoyed this book I would recommend you read Money Ball, which is also by Michael Lewis.