Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
ISBN: 0060974060
EAN13: 9780060974060
Language: English
Pages: 416
Dimensions: 1.1" H x 7.6" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Named Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time and a #1 NYT bestseller, this is the classic story of a high school football team whose win-loss record has a profound influence on the town around them.

Return once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Socially and racially divided, Odessa isn't known to be a place big on dreams, but every Friday night from September to December, when the Panthers play football, dreams can come true.

With frankness and compassion, Pulitzer Prize winner H. G. Bissinger unforgettably captures 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.

The inspiration for the hit television program and film of the same name, this anniversary edition features a new afterword by the author.

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   Texas Forever.
The Season 1-5 Box Set was purchased a few weeks ago and I just finished this series yesterday. The beautiful game of college football is what I always loved about the National Football League. Even though I researched the show before buying it, I was still skeptical about how far a series about high school football could go in terms of depth stories before it would get repetitive. I was wrong, boy. I'm not ashamed to say that Friday Night Lights is the best show I' ve watched. It is in my heart. The soundtrack, the cast, the storylines, the landscapes, the football. The box set is an absolute steal. Five stars!
   ... that on the sports side does give you a good measure of USA football and how they only play ...
Outside of PC politics and colour politics, you can get a good measure of USA football and how they play at school. All seems a bit of a warped setup and not one that any European would envy, so in the context it does give you a good feel to the craziness. The author lived there.
I bought this book because I was curious as to what inspired the show Friday Night Lights. It was a little slower- going than my regular reads, and without plot mechanisms driving it along. In this way, I was able to appreciate what Bissinger had written, which was an incredibly insightful, interesting, and revealing story of a small Texas town, it's obsession with high school football and the socio- economic factors impacting on everyone who lives there. I have learned more about Texas from this book than I would have learned if I had traveled through the State. The film is both entertaining and eye- opening because it shows a certain breed of people and their way of life, and it was documented by living in the town. Anyone who is interested in the different types of people who make up the world should read this book. Maybe not for anyone who liked the TV show.
   Really great read, if you like football or not.
I want to read this book before I watch the film show. It was an enjoyable read. Some of the main players on the team have side stories about the town and its people where the team is based. I' ve never thought the book was boring to read.
   Fantastic Sports book and journalism!
This is a great book that has a lot of information on the mentality of the people in Texas at the time. It will give you a perspective on the evolution of the American Society. If you love football, you will suffer like a fan if you visualize the games in your mind. Great book, great writing, great journalism.
An amazing insight into high school football. It is fascinating to learn more about the players, the emotional aspect and the atmosphere of the sport. A good read.
   Book coover doesn't cover the full book pages
The quality of the book cover is terrible as it doesn't cover the pages or cut off at the bottom, which makes it look fake. I can't comment on the book as it's a present, but I think it's silly to give a book that doesn't have the pages.