The Blind Side (Movie Tie-in Edition) Paperback – October 12, 2009
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- Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Movie Tie-in edition (October 12, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 039333838X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0393338386
- Item Weight : 11.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,060,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
One mark of a good book is that it leaves the reader wanting more, and this one may be ripening for a sequel. What has happened to the Touhys? Did Leigh Anne get her wish for a building and a school for other promising athletes who can't cut it in public school? What is Michael Oher doing with his millions? What has happened to his mamma? His 13 siblings? I want to be on the waiting list for that sequel when Lewis thinks it's ready to be written. I am already on the waiting list for the DVD of the movie!
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Those who haven't read much of Lewis' previous work will assume this is a book about social justice and the power of kindness and on the surface that is what it is, however the underlying punch of this book is an economic study of supply and demand, how markets change and the sort of forces that make them change and most importantly, how this shift in market forces creates opportunities for those equipped to do so.
Its a great book because it doesn't matter if all you are looking for is a feel good story about a kid who when given the support he needed realised his potential. It doesn't matter if you are someone fascinated by American Football and its tactics and it doesn't matter if you are a student of economics, none of you will come away feeling short changed.
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.
Beautiful story, brilliantly executed.