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The classic, best-selling story of life in the football-driven town of Odessa, Texas, with a new afterword that looks at the players and the town ten years later.

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa — the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy follows the treacherous boom-bust path of the oil business. In bad times, the unemployment rate barrels out of control; in good times, its murder rate skyrockets. But every Friday night from September to December, when the Permian High School Panthers play football, this West Texas town becomes a place where dreams can come true. With frankness and compassion, H.G. Bissinger chronicles a season in the life of Odessa and shows how single-minded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires — and sometimes shatters — the teenagers who wear the Panthers' uniforms.

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"A biting indictment of the sports craziness that grips...most of American society, while at the same time providing a moving evocation of its powerful allure." The New York Times Book Review

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"A remarkable book, fascinating from start to finish, full of surprises." David Halberstam

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"An engrossing story....Exciting, funny and, above all, horrifying." Tracy Kidder

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"[A] superb, if disquieting, portrait of heartland America." Publishers Weekly

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"[Bissinger's] language...echo[es] the mythical proportions of...a season that will render the rest of the players' lives a dull denouement. Fascinating even for those, or maybe especially for those, with no interest in football." Library Journal

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With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H.G. Bissinger's national bestseller chronicles the dramatic 1988 season of the Permian Panthers — the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Friday Night Lights shows how the town's singleminded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires (or shatters) the teenagers who wear the uniforms.

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H.G. Bissinger has won the Pulitzer Prize, the Livingston Award, the National Headliner Award, and the American Bar Association's Silver Gavel for his reporting. He lives in Philadelphia.

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mrc6539, May 29, 2008 (view all comments by mrc6539)
The book "Friday Night Lights" is a very good book and I think that if you are a football fan then you will love this book as well. The book is about a football team in Odessa, Texas named the Periman Panthers. The nickname of the team is Mojo. The school is one of the top high school football teams in the state of Texas and football means everything in this town. The book is based on the 1988 Periman Panthers and the history of the town Odessa. Also this story is about how the town of Odessa got to have one of the best football programs in the country. The story is about the team, their stuggles on and off the field, and how the town dreams of being the best football team, and having the dreams of getting the state title in football. In the end the team looses the state title, but the dreams of having the best football team are still in their town. This book is exciting and I believe that if love football than you got to read this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780306814259
Author:
Bissinger, H G
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Author:
Bissinger, H. G.
Subject:
Football - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Publication Date:
20040928
Binding:
Mass Market Paperbound
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.76x4.18x.68 in. .44 lbs.

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Product details 416 pages Da Capo Press - English 9780306814259 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A biting indictment of the sports craziness that grips...most of American society, while at the same time providing a moving evocation of its powerful allure."
"Review" by , "A remarkable book, fascinating from start to finish, full of surprises."
"Review" by , "An engrossing story....Exciting, funny and, above all, horrifying."
"Review" by , "[A] superb, if disquieting, portrait of heartland America."
"Review" by , "[Bissinger's] language...echo[es] the mythical proportions of...a season that will render the rest of the players' lives a dull denouement. Fascinating even for those, or maybe especially for those, with no interest in football."
"Synopsis" by , With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist H.G. Bissinger's national bestseller chronicles the dramatic 1988 season of the Permian Panthers — the winningest high school football team in Texas history. Friday Night Lights shows how the town's singleminded devotion to the team shapes the community and inspires (or shatters) the teenagers who wear the uniforms.
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