In football, as in life, the value we place on people changes with the rules of the games they play.
When we first meet the young man at the center of this extraordinary and moving story, he is one of thirteen children by a mother addicted to crack; he does not know his real name, his father, his birthday, or any of the things a child might learn in school. And he has no serious experience playing organized football.
What changes? He takes up football, and school, after a rich, Evangelical, Republican family plucks him from the mean streets. Their love is the first great force that alters the world's perception of the boy, whom they adopt. The second force is the evolution of professional football itself.
In The Blind Side, Lewis shows us a largely unanalyzed but inexorable trend in football working its way down from the pros to the high school game, where it collides with the life of a single young man to produce a narrative of great and surprising power.
The author of MONEYBALL intertwines the true life of a young man from the inner city with the changing game of football, especially in regard to the position of quarterback and the offensive linemen who block those intent on sacking him.
As the son of a crack-addicted mother, Michael Oher's prospects were bleak until his adoption by an affluent evangelical family who provided the security and unconditional love that allowed him to take up football and excel. The offensive lineman is key in protecting the quarterback, and the position requires an extraordinary combination of skills. Michael Lewis charts the changes in the game and the prospects for Oher, who may be at the beginning of a great career. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2006.
- Self Improvement, Family + Relationships, Sports + Recreation, Biography + Autobiography
- Personal Growth / Success, Alternative Family, Football, Sports
- October 13, 2009
- October 13, 2009
- Michael Lewis
- Grover Gardner (Narrator)