The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game

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Publisher: Random House

Publish Date: Oct 2009

ISBN-13: 9780307715067

ISBN-10: 030771506X

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In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.
When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of thirteen 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.

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Publisher: Random House
Publish Date: Oct 2009
ISBN-13: 9780307715067
ISBN-10: 030771506X
Format: CD/Spoken Word
Number of Pages: 0
Abridged: Yes
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.35
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.5 x 6.25 x 1.25

About the author

Biography of Lewis, Michael

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15, 1960. He received a BA in art history from Princeton University in 1982 and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1985. He is a non-fiction author/journalist of mostly financial themes. His books include Liar's Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Money Culture, and Boomerang.

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Review by Library Journal (2006-10-01)

Best-selling author Lewis (Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game) shows how changes in the pro game wrought by 49ers head coach Bill Walsh's efficient passing attack and a defense emphasizing Lawrence Taylor-style speed rushers from the quarterback's blind side mean that the offensive left tackle position now rivals the quarterback both in importance and in pay scale. Lewis's discussion of evolving strategy is woven into the true focus of his book, a profile of African American football prodigy Michael Oher.

One of 13 children of a drug-addicted mother, Oher was homeless in Memphis when he was placed in the Briarcrest Christian School and then adopted by a wealthy white family. He found a sense of belonging and a future. He is now the massive left tackle for the University of Mississippi. His strange, sad, and yet inspiring tale is grippingly told here. For all libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/06.].

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2007-03-15)

Lewis here weaves together two very interesting tales. The first relates to the rising salaries of National Football League (NFL) offensive left tackles large enough, agile enough, and fast enough to protect a quarterback, keep him from being blindsided, possibly fumbling, and perhaps suffering game- or career-ending injuries. The second is the incredible journey of young African American Michael Oher, touted as a future NFL starting offensive tackle, who rose from virtual homelessness in Memphis to play football at a white, evangelical Christian high school and was adopted into a well-to-do white family.

The confluence of events involving Oher and Tennessee prep football is very well told by sportswriter Lewis. The listener also gains insight into recruiting at the college level and the economics of free agency in professional football. Stephen Hoye reads the story with spirit and feeling. Very highly recommended for sports collections.

-Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Awards and Recognitions

  • New York Times Notable Books of the Year, 2006 (United States)

Book description

In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.

When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of thirteen 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.

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