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The Blind Side (Movie Tie-in Edition) Paperback – October 12, 2009
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“[Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism.” — George F. Will (New York Times Book Review)
“?works on three levels. First as a shrewd analysis of the NFL; second, as an exposé 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 (Booklist)
About the Author
Michael Lewis, is the best-selling author of Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and Flash Boys. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.
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The Blind Side is more of a book on the journey of Michael Oher from being a kid with very little in the way of a future other than crime and how he went to having a tremendous future through the efforts of a kind family and more importantly of himself. The author leads us through discussions on social injustice in an interesting and informative manner and being a non-American, I was surprised by some of the things that were written. Michael Lewis is very even-handed in his writings and proves to be a skilled story-teller.
This was made into a good movie and one can see why, there is tremendous evidence of the human spirit on display.
And of course this book has all of that - minus a lot of the emotional elements that the film focused on. But what made this book great was that it explained to me (a football idiot) what it was about this boy that made him so sought-after in the football world, and how the evolution of the game of football to it's current incarnation had created a niche into which he was perfectly designed to fit.
What I thought would be a moving story of one man's triumph in overcoming unbelievable adversity became even more than that. The writing was concise, clear, and at times humorous. The big-picture concepts and the technical details of the mechanics of the game were seamlessly interwoven with the personal story to create an incredibly detailed and rich overall mosaic.