The Blind Side: With A New Afterword

Paperback | November 24, 2009

byMichael Lewis

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In the book behind the Academy Award–winning film, we first meet Michael Oher as one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack. He does not know his real name, 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 change him: the family’s love and the evolution of professional football itself into a game in which the quarterback must be protected at any cost. Oher becomes the priceless package of size, speed, and agility necessary to guard the quarterback’s greatest vulnerability: his blind side.

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In the book behind the Academy Award–winning film, we first meet Michael Oher as one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack. He does not know his real name, 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 chan...

Michael Lewis, the best-selling author of The Undoing Project, Liar’s Poker, Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Big Short, among other works, lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and three children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.23 × 5.43 × 0.94 inPublished:November 24, 2009Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:039333838X

ISBN - 13:9780393338386

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what you'd expect! I read this book because I had loved the movie and just had to know more about the gentle giant Michael Oher. The book didn't contain additional details about his life, but intricate details about the changes in the NFL which led to the need for players like Oher. If you are interested in NFL recent history, you'll love this book! As I'm more of a CFL fan, I glossed over those parts a bit. But, it is a well-written book which is well-researched, but I think directed to a more specific reader than the movie was.
Date published: 2015-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Football lingo galore I didnt care for the football historical review. The Michael Oar storywas good though. Promises of hope and goodwill can prevail.
Date published: 2011-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from "The Blind Side Review" This movie The blind side is based on true events and is not fictional. I chose this film because it shows true character and motivation. Knowing not to give up even when you are at your lowest peak. It shows that if you get to the lowest peak in your life, it can only progress from that point forward. Its about taking your dream and turining it into a reality. Hopeing gets you knowhere, but actually doing gets you somewhere. People tend to give up when they see they are getting knowhere, which is a big mistake because the hard part is the process of the goal. Nothing happens overnight, it takes time, patience and logic to get to your desired goal. People that give up are the weak ones, the ones that pull through are the true winners. My questions to this are, why did they do this? Why would someone take someone in that they do not know? Rich or poor, it shows true character that someone will see another person in need and help them no matter what. Raising the teen, feeding him, clothing him, sheltering him and putting him through school is 360 degree change in someone's life. Also just the fact that Michael wanted that change is what made the difference in the first place. This film also shows that there are still some good people left on this earth and not everyone is a snake. Based on the fact that this is a true story about a football player named Michael Ohr, it was an interesting non-fiction.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring!!! An inspiring heartwarming movie that makes you really question what your doing in life and how you could possibly be doing something more, something more meaningful. It makes you wonder if your contributing your part within society and motivates one to think about the more important things in life, things that alter, bringing change and hope to something important. This is the story of a young boy who was born and raised in the ghetto with a mother hooked to a life of drugs and pain. Due to life's unfortunate circumstances he was forced to fend for his own when a life changing opportunity fell upon him. His size and athleticism were the main attributes that caught the eye of a well privileged school in suburbia, who seen a star in the making. Football was the name of the game and he was expected to steal the show. This point of the movie did bother me somewhat. The fact that because he was good at sports, useful to someone else, is the only reason he was worth an opportunity in life? Shouldn't we all have the opportunity and the right to an education, to something better? What if he wasn't interested in sports or football would they have then forced him back into his old existence? Well that wasn't the case considering he did enjoy football, because it was something he was good at. Due to his mother being “unfit and away” and the family he was currently staying with on the couch just could afford to have him there any longer. The boy was forced onto the streets with no where to go. As he wondered the streets a woman (Sandra Bullock ) who's son and daughter happened to go to the same school as the boy spotted him walking alone down the street. Once discovered the boy had no where to go, no questions asked she insisted he stay with them for the night. Well lets just say that the night ended up being two nights then 3 then well permanent. The family fell in love with the boy, and did whatever it took to help him succeed in school, sports and in life. It goes on into the struggles it took to get there and triumphs won. The assumptions made by others of the heartless act that a family had towards a boy, and true compassion that another human being could possibly have for a complete stranger. To give another person a step up and a chance in life. That is such a selfless act that is rare to occur these days. It seems to be too much to care or give to someone else anymore, to put others first and bring life altering change to someone else. Its something mainly seen in sorties like this one or in the movies. In my opinion its a beautiful film of strength, hope, love and compassion that gives you the feeling that you can do or accomplish anything. That life is to short to be vain and not make others happy. Its a movie that inspires me to become a better person and reassures me that I am in the right field of being a Child and Youth Worker. Also it goes to show that if more people could give back and do there part even if something small the world could actually be a much happier place. Its a worth while watch and I promise it will tug at your heart.
Date published: 2010-02-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A little too much footballese.. While I enjoyed the story about a young black man overcoming the obstacles life has put in his way (it really is a fairy tale come true, to the point where sometimes I actually found myself saying, 'yeah, right'!) I found the book filled with too much technical football lingo and not enough anecdotal narrative. Only the last chapter actually went into details about Michael Oher's life, which was the reason I bought the book. If nothing else, however, I will watch NFL action much differently now, understanding the power of the linemen and importance of the left tackle positions, and especially watch for the people named in this book. I look forward to seeing the movie.
Date published: 2010-01-05

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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)