Soon to be a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, "The Blind Side" tells the inspirational story of Michael Oher, a homeless black teen who, with the help of his new family, coaches, and tutors, becomes a star football player and first-round NFL draft pick.Soon to be a major motion picture starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, "The Blind Side" tells the inspirational story of Michael Oher, a homeless black teen who, with the help of his new family, coaches, and tutors, becomes a star football player and first-round NFL draft pick.Read Less
If you enjoy football, you'll love this book. Michael Oher's story woven into the details of playing football is a must read for a sports enthusiast.
Sep 2, 2010
The real story
Having seen the movie prior to reading the book, I was often reminded of scenes from the movie as I read. There is definitly artistic license taken but overall, a lot of similarity. The book offers much greater explanation of the term "blind side" and the workings of rating and recruiting high school football players. I would recommend this for anyone interested in athletics.
May 13, 2010
The Blind Side
The movie was great...but the book is better. I assumed some liberties were taken in the movie and a few were. But overall the movie is an accurate reflection of remarkable people joining together to bring radical change to a truly amazing person.
A great read and a great movie.
Jul 10, 2009
I didn't think I was going to like this book because I am not a football fan. I got the book as part of a book group. It is excellent! Very well written so I could get thru the football jargon, etc. I actually learned a few things. Michael Oher is an amazing person! You can tell from the beginning he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up. The Touey's (the family that adopted him) were great to do what they did. Where Lee Ann Touey found all the people to help this kid along I will never know; but, if more people in the world took this example and put it in to action, the kids in the world would be in better shape!
I loved this book! It made me go to the internet to look up these people and see where they are now.
Check this book out; you won't be disappointed.
Jul 9, 2009
for football fans who understand football
I would skip to the second half of the book if you are not truly interested in the tactical aspects of football. The story of Michael Ohr and the family who took him in is rather remarkable and worth knowing about.Otherwise , not being a football fan, I would skip this book
Publishers Weekly, 2006-08-28 As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle the offensive lineman tasked with protecting the quarterback from the pass rusher whose presence is felt only through the game-deciding absence of said sacks. A rare creature combining 300 pounds of bulk with "the body control of a ballerina," the anonymous left tackle, Lewis notes, is now often a team's highest-paid player. Lewis fleshes this out with the colorful saga of left tackle prodigy Michael Oher. An intermittently homeless Memphis ghetto kid taken in by a rich white family and a Christian high school, Oher's preternatural size and agility soon has every college coach in the country courting him obsequiously. 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. Photos. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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