The 25th anniversary edition of the number-one New York Times best seller and Sports Illustrated's best football book of all time, with a new afterword by the author
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, 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.
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More of a sociological treatise than a football book, it still holds up well after almost thirty years. It examines what happens when a Texas town (Odessa) emphasizes football over academics. The results are not surprising but the story follows several players of different races and that makes up the bulk of the story.
Liked all of the student/football players equally well. What happens to each is fascinating.
Did not have one. The narration was fine but I docked one star because the narrator sometimes sounded like he had a cold.
Silly question but it was a riveting listen.
I recommend this audiobook highly!
- Bill "Love well written and well narrated books of any type."
Nostalgia for a Simpler Time and Place
- Patrick "Et tu, Brute?"