The Blind Side

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When we first meet Michael Oher is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or how to read or write. He takes up football, and school, after a rich, white, Evangelical family plucks him from the streets. Then two great forces alter Oher: the family's love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

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Winner of New York Times Notable Book 2006. Joint winner for YALSA Alex Award 2007.

"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 - Baltimore Sun "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 - Washington Post "[Lewis] is advancing a new genre of journalism." -- George F. Will - New York Times Book Review "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 - Booklist "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." -- Publishers Weekly

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  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : 211mm X 142mm X 22mm
  • : United States
  • : 0.28
  • : 9780393330472
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : August 2007
  • : general