Sports may be the only real meritocracy we have, and Michael Oher's rags-to-riches, real-life Cinderella saga (it would take a canoe-sized glass slipper to fit this foot) is as compelling an example as you'll find. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Moneyball Lewis chronicles what happened when a huge, hugely talented, homeless, black, unschooled Memphis teenager was taken in by an incredibly generous, rich, white, Republican, sports-crazy family. In his inimitable fly-on-the-wall style, Lewis follows Oher as he morphs under their care into a high school football star sought after by every major college coach in the country. Along the way, Lewis analyzes how football and its strategy have changed. Grover Gardner reads this winner.

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