The Blind Side book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. When we first meet Michael Oher, he is one of thirteen children b. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game is a book by Michael Lewis released on September 2, by W. W. Norton & Company. It focuses on American football. + $ shipping. Sold by: "THE BOOK TREASURY" - Daily Shipping from Nashville, TN! . I Beat the Odds: From Homelessness, to The Blind Side, and Beyond.
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The football star made famous in the hit film (and book) The Blind Side reflects on how far he has come from the circumstances of his youth. Michael Oher shares. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself into a game where the necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: his blind side. 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 exposé of the insanity .
Because of his family circumstances, Family Services took control of his life as he was growing up. Unfortunately, he was being bounced around in and out of foster homes, and now as a teenager he finds himself discarded by the people he has been living with. By a stroke of luck, and the coach's wish for a player the size of Michael, he ends up being enrolled in a private Christian school where the Tuohy kids go. Michael is a quiet person.
He is shown to have a kind of childlike personality, because he tries to play with kindergarten children Rachel St. Gelais who reject or ignore him. Michael is befriended by S. Tuohy Jae Head , the youngest Tuohy, whose connection to Michael starts the ball rolling. Mike, having no money for food, lives by scrounging half-empty containers of snacks after school games, which Mr.
Tuohy notices, after which he pays for a meal ticket for the boy. However, when he tries to leave in the morning, Leigh Anne insists that he stay for dinner, and the children accept Michael matter-of-factly. Soon, Leigh Anne offers him a room and bed.
As she starts offering him greater and greater favours, she begins to research Michael's records, including his career aptitude test results, where the only positive score was on protective instincts. Leigh Anne will use that to explain him how to play in the field. Our protagonist becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback's greatest vulnerability: Get A Copy.
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To ask other readers questions about The Blind Side , please sign up. This is a story about a kid named Michael. James Curry yes. What is the overall purpose of this story?
Deborah Its a non-fiction book about the evolution of football. It has two story lines: One is the changes that happen to football in the course of time. Lewis examines individual coaches and players that shape the game over time. The second story line is the story of Michael Oher and how his destiny was shaped in turn by the evolution of football.
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Because the game had changed, the NFL required players that were built and gifted like Oher. But in , he was wanted for this ability, aptitude and physique. See all 14 questions about The Blind Side…. Lists with This Book.
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May 18, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it Shelves: Seriously, doesn't it seem like football is happening year 'round these days?
Lucky for me, I love the game. Sucks for those who don't, though The Blind Side is a nice, concise slice of today's true American Pastime, and it's the sort of feel-good story that will appeal to a broad audience and by broad I don't necessarily mean dames!
This is essentially the story of Michael Oher, current NFL offensive lineman, former skid row forgotten child of delinquent parents.
This is also the story of privileged white Christians plucking a boy from the ghetto and raising him as their own, giving him an opportunity he would've otherwise never had. Much of author Michael Lewis' book tells Oher's heart-warming tale.
When not evoking tearjerking scenes, he occasionally questions the morality of the sport in question as well as the people that thrust this naturally athletic kid into it.
Analysis of the game's after all, Evolution of the Game is its subtitle progression and how it's changed the very shape of the players who play it runs through out and provides a nice base from which to play off the Oher example.
Football enthusiasts, historians and strategists may glean some interesting insights from this well-written, flowing story with its palatably presented data tucked in as thought-nuggets through out. Very nice read. I can see why they made a movie out of it, which I ought to get around to watching someday.
View all 9 comments. On the merits of the story alone, I enjoyed this book. Lewis is a very good writer, and he is able to tell a compelling story and educate the less knowledgeable without coming off as condescending, which is more difficult than it sounds.
The story of Michael Oher is compelling and ongoing , and it's hard not to root for him. That said, I have my suspicions about the altruism at the heart of the story. There are too many questionable motivations floating about, although, to Lewis's credit, he doe On the merits of the story alone, I enjoyed this book. There are too many questionable motivations floating about, although, to Lewis's credit, he does acknowledge them.
As much as Lewis tries to drive the point home that the Tuohy family are just generous, kind people, I do find the story of Michael's recruitment and subsequent spoiler alert commitment to Ole Miss very suspect. Consider the facts: Taken individually, these factors can be dismissed as coincidence. Together, it adds up to something fishy.
I simply don't believe the Tuohy's motives were pure in adopting Michael, and I don't like the way that Lewis casually brushes off the idea that this feel good story could have arose from more sinister origins. However, that said, he doesn't take the Michael Moore route and does, at the very least, address these issues, and it is a heck of a story.
Maybe it's not the made for Hollywood story Lewis presents it as, but, then again, neither are most made for Hollywood stories.
View all 8 comments. Football fans, educators, social workers. The Blind Side features two story lines, one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 's specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played.
Thanks to Taylor's prowess at rushing the Quarterback, the Left Tackle who protects the QB's blind side quickly became one of the most important, and highest-paid positions on the football field.
The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts th The Blind Side features two story lines, one traces the evolution of offensive football since the early 's specifically the way it reacted to the way Hall of Fame revolutionized the Outside Linebacker position was played. The second storyline focuses on Michael Oher, who has all the psyical gifts that NFL scouts look for in the prototypical Left Tackle, the problem: We follow Michael on his journey from impoverished upbringing, to his enrollement at an elite christian school, where he is taken in by a white family, to his eventual enrollment at Ole Miss.
Along the way, we are given a glimpse into the often predatory recruiting process that top prospects must negotiate. Michael is projected to be a first round pick in April's NFL draft. There have only been a handful of great books on Football published in the past 20 years, and this is one of them. View 1 comment.
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Oct 12, Aaron rated it liked it. Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems that only cared about those athletes to the extent that they would help their sports teams win. The Blind Side concerns itself with a similar story, except Michael Lewis tends to pause breathlessly and exclaim isn't this great?
He admits that the father, Sean, "had been born with a talent for seeing the court, taking in every angle and every other pla Hoop Dreams detailed the machine built around taking poor black athletes from the inner city and sticking them into primarily white school systems that only cared about those athletes to the extent that they would help their sports teams win. He admits that the father, Sean, "had been born with a talent for seeing the court, taking in every angle and every other player, and then attacking in the most efficient way possible.
The talent translated beautifully from basketball into life. When an NCAA investigator feels that this adoption and the tens of thousands of dollars thrown towards Michael might be some attempt to circumvent the rules and download his favor, Lewis can't help but vilify her. A poor black football star inside the home of this rich white booster could be made to seem scandalous, and so here they were, bothering Michael.
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The lady said she was just trying to establish the facts of the case, but the facts didn't descibe the case They had violated the letter of every NCAA rule ever written. They'd given Michael more than food, clothing, and shelter. They'd given him a life. Yes, I find myself rooting for Michael Oher to make it in the NFL, but mainly because I feel that if he doesn't, the life that these people have given him will seep away, and he'll be back on the streets from which he was rescued.
I also was annoyed by which the degree Lewis writes from a perspective of "poor black" athletes and "rich white" heroes. He can't help himself from throwing these modifiers on any person where they might apply. But when talking of about a black investment banker, he isn't written as "a rich black banker", instead he is merely described as being from Washington, D. Michael is meant to stand in for so much of what is happening in this country in terms of race and economics, and, while large though he may be, he isn't big enough to tell this story unless Lewis cuts off these annoying details and nuances.
In the end, it rings with the empty ease of a cheer before a football game: View all 3 comments. This book has quite a few different stories going on: I assumed it was just a story about Michael Oher, which it wasn't. I read Lewis's book Moneyball awhile back and This book has quite a few different stories going on: I read Lewis's book Moneyball awhile back and not only did I enjoy it, I winded up downloading a few other books he had suggested etc..
Ok, so if you want to read this book- just know that it is not just an inspirational story about a poor kid who makes it to the NFl, it is also a very matter of fact book about the evolution of certain postions in football mostly the left tackle, who protects the blindside of the QB and also about some of the changes in the game of football. Lewis writes two stories here. One is interesting. The other is mildly intriguing and probably not as a big a story as it seems. When telling the story of Michael Oher, a poor black kid from Memphis adopted by a loaded white family and the journey he takes from uncommunicative, unschooled, untrusting child to a succesful lineman starring at Ole Miss it's a good story.
When writing about the emergence of the left tackle position in the NFL it was hard not to skip passages. Left tackle is an key posi Lewis writes two stories here. Left tackle is an key position and the excerpts from players and coaches is interesting. Reading about the gruesome ways Lawrence Taylor destroyed people is great.
But it's tedious and in the end it's hard to argue it's important. There's no real comparison to other ways the game has evolved. The Michael story left me uncomfortable. As great a story as his is and it's still going - when his NFL draft approaches, Lewis-hype will ensure you know he's available , significant ethical questions are raised by the conduct of his adoptive family.
Lewis correctly raises the questions, though he had little choice after the NCAA launched an investigation into the subject. But he never attempts to answer them. And his portrayal of the Tuohy family never wavers from supportive.
Lewis never tackles their involvement, preferring to leave the questioning to others, and in doing so he is doing the story a disfavour. Aug 06, Diane rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this after seeing the movie version and was amazed that many of the precious details I assumed had been invented by Hollywood writers were real and actually happened. The book is mostly about Michael Oher, a homeless black teenager who was adopted by a white family in Memphis who then went on to be a successful football player.
There are also a few dense chapters devoted to recent changes in professional football and how the player who guards the blind side of a quarterback now has greate I read this after seeing the movie version and was amazed that many of the precious details I assumed had been invented by Hollywood writers were real and actually happened.
There are also a few dense chapters devoted to recent changes in professional football and how the player who guards the blind side of a quarterback now has greater value in the NFL.
Not being a football fan, I skimmed those sections. But the chapters about Oher's rise and turnaround were fascinating and thoughtful. Michael Lewis is a gifted reporter and I plan to read more of his books. They not only provide him with a loving home, but hire a tutor to help him improve his grades to the point where he would qualify for an NCAA Division I athletic scholarship. Seventeen year old Michael Oher , an extremely large, physically imposing black youth, grew up in the projects in Memphis.
He no longer lives with his drug addicted mother, but is in foster care when he isn't running away to sleep wherever else he can find. Out of circumstances including Coach Burt Cotton's belief that he would be an asset to the school's football program based solely on his size and seeing him move, Michael is accepted into Wingate Christian School - an exclusive private school - despite his abysmal 0.
After Michael starts attending classes at Wingate, most of his teachers believe he is unteachable, except his science teacher, Mrs. Boswell, who begins to understand that he learns in a different way. Tuohy , and wife to Sean Tuohy , franchise owner of several Taco Bell's - invites Michael to stay in the Tuohy's upscale home for the night.
But that one night slowly extends itself both in terms of time and emotion as the Tuohys begin to treat Michael like one of the family and vice versa. Part of that emotional investment for Leigh Anne is fully understanding Michael as a person so that he can fulfill his potential as a human being, which includes giving him opportunities such as what Coach Cotton initially saw in Michael as a potential left tackle.
Potential problems include Michael's poor academic standing which may prohibit him from participating in extracurricular activities at the school, his learning disability which may extend to other aspects of his life beyond his schooling, whether he actually can play football, and authorities questioning Leigh Anne and all the Tuohy's motivations in inviting Michael into their home and family.
Michael Oher , a homeless black teen, has drifted in and out of the school system for years. The Tuohys eventually become Michael's legal guardians, transforming both his life and theirs.
Michael's tremendous size and protective instincts make him a formidable force on the gridiron, and with help from his new family and devoted tutor, he realizes his potential as a student and football player.Tuohy and Mr. I would describe myself as a casual football fan.
It also features appearances by several past and present college football coaches playing themselves.
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Thank you for subscribing. But parts of this book feel like prefabricated movie moments, even if they accurately represent the facts. So long as the guy is holding the ball, I intend to hurt him. Politics N. And attending Ole Miss had made them football-crazy. Invalid email address.