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The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game par [Lewis, Michael]
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Starred Review. As he did so memorably for baseball in Moneyball, Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle—the offensive lineman tasked with protecting the quarterback from the pass rusher—whose presence is felt only through the game-deciding absence of said sacks. A rare creature combining 300 pounds of bulk with "the body control of a ballerina," the anonymous left tackle, Lewis notes, is now often a team's highest-paid player. Lewis fleshes this out with the colorful saga of left tackle prodigy Michael Oher. An intermittently homeless Memphis ghetto kid taken in by a rich white family and a Christian high school, Oher's preternatural size and agility soon has every college coach in the country courting him obsequiously. 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. Photos. (Oct.)
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This book suffers from a disjointedness that is exacerbated by the audio abridgment. One part is an examination of one of the arcane but critical elements of professional football: the importance of the offensive tackle who protects the quarterback's blind side. The bulk of the audio explores the life of a young man from inner city Memphis who has the potential to make millions as a professional football lineman. This latter story is fascinating and compelling. Grover Gardner is suited to the task of narrating, using speed and a bit of volume to add emphasis without artifice. He generally doesn't give figures separate voices, except for the University of Mississippi football coach. Both the audio and the book itself would have been stronger had each focused only on the young football phenom. R.C.G. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1280 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 352 pages
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : Reprint (17 septembre 2007)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B000VWM0MI
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  • Composition améliorée: Activé
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.5 étoiles sur 5 2 commentaires client
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It's a a great handwriting but i didn't really like that book. Too much details about sport but it was the point after all
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Très bon livre.
Le titre tient ses promesses puisque l'évolution du jeu, notamment l'avènement du LT superstar grâce au n°56 y est bien couvert, de même que le scouting ainsi que le recrutement des lycéens par les universités.
Les autres y verront une lecture très enrichissante sur la société américaine, ses inégalités sociales et le nouveau rêve américain.
Dans l'ensemble, une très bonne lecture avec un style fluide et simple.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Recommend!! 26 mai 2016
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As a young adult and student-athlete, this book resonates with me in so many levels. The author’s purpose is to not to tell a simple story about how a kid went from nothing to something because there are many stories out there like that. He was trying to influence people that we all have something in us that can make change and we are capable of so much more than we think. The intended audience is everyone, but I mostly think it is to young adults, especially the marginalized. It is easy to relate to mainly everyone because no matter what age, we all face things that seem to be impossible in the moment, but once we come out of it, we realize we are something far greater than ourselves. It relates to my personal life because I overlook the fact that I am fortunate enough to have a gym at my house and I have the resources to get better, while others don’t. It motivates me on my school work because Michael was always in and out of school, and I am so blessed that I can go to a school everyday where the teachers want what is best for me. In the media, we, as a society, try to shy away from stuff like this because we don’t like seeing the bad side. I think it is important for us to see this because then that is the only way change will happen. I would really recommend this book to young adults of any age because there are lessons in the book that could inspire many at a young age. The author has achieved his goal of using two situations in the NFL and in Michael Oher’s case in order to show that it is possible to succeed, even when it sounds so unobtainable. He uses two stories and parallels them to show that success can come from both ends of the spectrum. I wish that he could have made the NFL part of the story easier to understand. I am a pretty big football fan, so I could understand most of the terms, but for young adult readers or people not interested in football, it could be harder for them to connect with the book. Though it can be hard, the author makes it a bit easier to understand by adding in the definition of plays. The book is very useful because it motivated me to change something about myself and society. Be prepared to grab some tissues during the middle of the book and ending because you’ll become very moved by many of the things that happen. It is easily accessible to parents, students, and teachers through Amazon or a local bookstore. The two most interesting quotes that will stick with me are: “Don’t worry where I am. I’ll tell you when I get there” and “Courage is a hard thing to figure. You can have courage based on a dumb idea or mistake, but you're not supposed to question adults, or your coach or your teacher, because they make the rules. Maybe they know best, but maybe they don't. It all depends on who you are, where you come from. Didn't at least one of the six hundred guys think about giving up, and joining with the other side? I mean, valley of death that's pretty salty stuff. That's why courage it's tricky. Should you always do what others tell you to do? Sometimes you might not even know why you're doing something. I mean any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be. If you die trying for something important, then you have both honor and courage, and that's pretty good. I think that's what the writer was saying, that you should hope for courage and try for honor. And maybe even pray that the people telling you what to do have some, too.” They stick with me because as an athlete it is important to not only listen to other’s stories, but use them to motivate myself. Hard work and the courage to try new things are two key things that I have learned to use in my everyday life if I want to be successful. Overall, this book is a story that I recommend to any and all people because of the learning experiences the author will bring you along.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 The journey of Michael Oher is a special one 3 juin 2017
Par Peter - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This was an interesting book. It is a book about a football player and there is a lot of football discussion in it but it isn't really a football book. It is a book about a wealthy white family who takes in a poor black teenager but it isn't really a book about this decision and the good things that came from it.

The Blind Side is more of a book on the journey of Michael Oher from being a kid with very little in the way of a future other than crime and how he went to having a tremendous future through the efforts of a kind family and more importantly of himself. The author leads us through discussions on social injustice in an interesting and informative manner and being a non-American, I was surprised by some of the things that were written. Michael Lewis is very even-handed in his writings and proves to be a skilled story-teller.

This was made into a good movie and one can see why, there is tremendous evidence of the human spirit on display.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Another solid Michael Lewis book. 13 septembre 2016
Par team W - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Typical Michael Lewis - well-written and entertaining. You do not have to a be sports junkie to get a lot from this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 No "Blind Siding" for the Reader 7 février 2010
Par LadyRagZ - Publié sur Amazon.com
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My favorite reading is a book that tells the story of real people, and The Blind Side relates an incredible, uplifting story of professional football player Michael Oher, who, through the help of a wealthy Memphis family and his unbelievable size and athletic ability, found a life he couldn't have imagined from his vantage point as a child in the Memphis ghetto. I bought the book and read it after I saw the movie and a television interview with the real-life Touhys. Then, I bought a second copy as a gift (I'm not giving mine up). Michael Lewis has used his considerable sportswriting background to tell the story in an easy narrative style. It's true that the reader sees only glimpses of the back stories of the characters. However, by focusing on events, Lewis has created a fast read as he quickly moves the story along. I found the movie characters to be more richly developed than those in the book. (Sandra Bullock is a deadringer for Leigh Anne Touhy and deserves the Oscar nomination she received. Even Tim McGraw is developing as a passable actor.) I will add that for someone (moi!) who does not know football strategy, that (short) part of the book was over my head though that problem was no fault of Michael Lewis's. I will forever recognize the name Lawrence Taylor, however.

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!
4.0 étoiles sur 5 An interesting biography of a college offensive lineman 29 octobre 2006
Par King Yao - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I first heard that Michael Lewis was writing a book on football titled "The Blind Side", I was immediately interested and looked forward to it. I had hopes it would be somewhat like Moneyball and he would explain some ideas and theories involved in football. The cover of the book shows a typical X's and O's diagram of a football play and it is sub-titled "Evolution of a Game". Well, I guess I didn't learn the lesson of "don't judge a book by it's cover". This book has very little to do with football strategy, thought process or anything related to the game. In fact, this book is biography of the great young offensive left tackle Michael Oher, currently a sophomore at the Univeristy of Mississippi.

In the first half of the book, Lewis weaves back and forth between the life of Oher and the evolution of football and why the left tackle is so much more important to the NFL game than it used to be. Once that introduction is done, he writes little of interest to fans of the game. The rest of the book is all on Oher's life in high school, college and then goes back his life before college. All of that is an interesting read, but not really football related.

So, if you are looking for a book on football strategy and game planning, skip this one. This is nothing like Moneyball. But if you are looking for an interesting biography about a football player, then this is a fine book.
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