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  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Abridged edition (13 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030771506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307715067
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,488,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans and educated at Princeton University and the London School of Economics. He has written several books including the New York Times bestseller, Liar's Poker, widely considered the book that defined Wall Street during the 1980s. Lewis is contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and also writes for Vanity Fair and Portfolio magazine. He is married with three children.

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"It's not a jock book. It's not a sociology book. It's a storybook about modern society, ancient virtues, and the power of love, money and talent to do a little good." -- Jay Hancock "?The Blind Side ?is as insightful and moving a meditation on class inequality in America as I have ever read-although to put it that way, I realize, makes it sound deadly dull. It isn't." -- Malcolm Gladwell "Lewis's overview of the evolution of NFL strategy... is not only sound but shrewder than that of many so-called football insiders who can't see the forest for the trees." -- Allen Barra "[Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism." -- George F. Will "The Blind Side ?works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second, as an expose of the insanity of big-time college football recruiting; and, third, as a moving portrait of the positive effect that love, family, and education can have in reversing the path of a life that was destined to be lived unhappily and, most likely, end badly." -- Wes Lukowsky "Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of Liar's Poker, The Money Culture, The New New Thing, Moneyball, The Blind Side, Panic, Home Game, The Big Short, and Boomerang, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Since I'd greatly enjoyed Lewis' baseball book "Moneyball", I figured this would make a nice companion to read during the NFL playoffs. The book's subtitle is "Evolution of a Game", so I expected a somewhat similar book looking at the transformations underway in professional football. And to a certain degree, that content is there, via a brief discussion of the rise of the passing game and Bill Walsh's crucial role in this, as well as Lawrence Taylor's impact on the game. The book opens with a blow-by-blow of LT's famous leg-snapping sack of Joe Theisman -- an event I vividly recall watching on TV as a 12-year-old Redskins fan. This leads off the discussion of role of the left tackle and this position's counterintuitive rise in the NFL pay scale. All of which segues into the book's main subject: Michael Oher.

Oher is one of thirteen children born to an alcoholic, drug-addicted mother in the West Memphis ghetto. He grew up in total poverty with her, in and out of various foster homes and various public schools. Along the way, he filled out into a 6' 6" 340 pound behemoth with natural grace and speed unnatural to those of his size. He also came to the attention of Lewis' old elementary school classmate, and ex-college star point guard Sean Tuohy. Now a successful businessman and pro-basketball announcer, Tuohy takes an interest in MIchael and works the system to get him into his daughter's elite Christian prep school.

The lily-white conservative Tuohy family's quasi-adoption of Michael, along with his meteoric rise to prominence in college football recruiting circles forms the central storyline. The Tuohy's basically work their upper-crust and sports connections to shepard Michael along, pressuring people, exploiting loopholes, and using their money to smooth his path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. L. Collinson on 1 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a huge football fan but actually don't read that many books which are football related. Normally they are the usual ghost written ramblings of some former player or coach which have the odd interesting after dinner type anecdote but generally are very formulaic.

Not this book.

I was attracted to it from some word of mouth recommendation. Really glad I bought it.

Gives some really interesting back ground on the evolution of the passing game, o-line play and blind side pass rush in the NFL. Also gives some insite into the College recruiting process. Which is good if you are a football fan.

But more than that it tells a fascinating human interest story of a poor black kid from New Orleans with a drug and alcohol addicted dead beat mother, multiple brothers and sisters from various absent fathers and zero education. This kid just happend to be 6-5 and weigh 300+ lbs at age 14 and have great athletic ability.

Taken in by a rich white family who support him through high school this story tells of his journey adapting to a middle class upbringing, his education and of course the development of his footbal career.

As a postscript the book ends with him being recruited to Ole Miss a Division 1 College football programme on a full scholarship. He was just drafted to the NFL by the Baltimore Ravens with the 20th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2009 NFL draft.

Great story.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By George Nada on 10 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
I am surprised at how many people have chosen to mis-categorise this story as heart-warming and uplifting when, in fact, it is the complete opposite. It is, in fact a story of unadulterated greed from almost all the principal characters. It is also (and perhaps it is unintended, though I could never be sure of Lewis' intentions), a damning indictment of what is wrong with the American Dream particularly as it impacts on African-Americans.

The Blind Side is a story that exemplifies all that is wrong for inner-city, underprivileged African-Americans: that the only routes out are through gangs/drugs or sporting excellence. Michael Oher gets lucky because he is built to play left tackle. As a result, he comes under the influence and support of the Tuohy family. Would he have been supported and tutored had he been 5 foot nothing and a physical weakling? Of course not. This is a story about how if you are underprivileged and a physical freak you get the breaks and the rest are left in the projects. In other words, it's about money and greed. Oher is destined for sporting stardom, everyone sees his potential and jumps on the bandwagon.

What is so thoroughly depressing is that by the end, even Michael Oher himself doesn't recognise the injustice of the system. He too has been brainwashed in the ideals of meritocracy or social Darwinism (i.e. that if you work hard enough anyone can be make it and if you fail, you deserve it). At the end of the book, Oher is reported as commenting that he has little contact with his mother and siblings and remarks that they are lazy, need to hear the word "No", and, most damningly, he remarks that they had the same chances he had (seriously!).
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I have lived in America so I know the rules of American Football and it definitely helps to understand the context of the story. Essentially though, this is a fairy tale that could have been written by Walt Disney, where the main character is a big homeless black kid with no education to speak of, but this story is true.

This is a story about a kid who is found and taken under the wing of a middle class white family. He is a big kid with no real education, but they discover within him a big talent. His big talent is playing American Football. Michael Lewis is a great writer and he delivers a stunning book that brings the story of Michael Oher to life.

What is the blind side? In American Football the general on the field is a 6ft 15 stone man who throws the ball, the quarterback, and he usually earns $10-$20m a year. When the quarterback plays he has 10 other team mates on the field. Out of the 10, there are 5 who are there for the quarterback to use as options to give the ball to. The other 5 are there to protect the quarterback until he has passed the ball. If you pass the ball from your right arm, then your left side is essentially your backside, the blindside = it is from where somebody can tackle you before you see him. If you do not want your prize possession knocked out of the game then you better protect him with your biggest and best. Michael Oher is now that man, and as such you may have to pay him a lot of money $5-10m a year.

The book is a story about Michael Oher, and also why his position on the team commands the salary that it does. So you will not get 100% out of the book if you do not understand the basic explanation above about the blindside.

A truly remarkable story.
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