The Blind Side (2006) You don't need to know a post route from a pump fake to enjoy Michael Lewis' The Blind Side , a slick mix of football… 2006-10-02 Nonfiction W.W. Norton
Book Review

The Blind Side (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 02, 2006; Writer: Michael Lewis; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: W.W. Norton

You don't need to know a post route from a pump fake to enjoy Michael Lewis' The Blind Side, a slick mix of football history and up-from-the-ghetto heart-warmer. At 16, Michael Oher, the sixth of 13 children born to a crack-addicted mother in Memphis, ended up by chance at a nearly all-white Christian school. There, he was adopted by a loving family and joined the football team, where his speed and ''freak of nature'' size (6'5'', 300-plus pounds) made him an ideal tackle — and irresistible to colleges across the South. Lewis never probes too deeply into the minds of Oher and his family, which is a shame: The real story is almost certainly richer than this glib gridiron Cinderella tale.

Originally posted Sep 29, 2006 Published in issue #900 Oct 06, 2006 Order article reprints