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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Yellow Jersey; New Ed edition (28 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224076744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224076746
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Superb and disturbing - More than a sports book, it's a search for the America of ordinary people." (Newsday)

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

"Friday Night Lights offers 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." (New York Times Book Review)

"Just about everything you could ask for in a sports book" (New York Times)

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A classic of sportswriting - about a season spent following a town and a team's hopes and shattered dreams - the book behind the major Hollywood film and the acclaimed TV series.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is without a doubt one of the greatest books I have ever read. With being a three-year varsity letterman in football at my high school, I can relate to some of the pressures and hardships that the players at Permian high had. No one can really understand the excitement of playing under the lights on Friday night until you are out on the field lined up against someone as exited as much as you are. Some of the problems the players face are not just faced when you are out on the field, whether you are on the field or not you face problems everyday of your life, like whether to go to the party on Saturday night or go out with your friends and stay out of trouble. When Boobie got hurt they just kind of left him out of everything, and that was not very cool he was probably one of the best players on the team. When I got hurt my coaches helped me get back to my full potential as soon as I could and that is how it should be in every program. I would highly recommend this book to anyone I think this book should be a required book to read in class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I was a three year starting quarterback for a smaller west texas high school. This book brought back all of those glorious memories for me! For those of you who have not played, this is an ideal book. --I dropped the book off at one of my ex-teammates house one day after he had came in from working in the oilfield. I asked him to read it and give me his opinion. 2 weeks later he called me around 1:30 in the morning while I was at college. He was crying, softly he said that he could not finish reading it. --For those of us who have played, it will touch a nerve!! --5 years later I am still trying to get him to finish the book...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Ashcroft on 13 Mar. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I bought this book, like many on the back of seeing the film and then subsequently a few episodes of the TV show and i have to say i was blown away from the first chapter.

I wouldnt say it was completely different to the film or the show but alot more in depth, as you would expect from a book but watchin the film you cant help but feel that there is alot of things that they could have focused more on to make it a better adaptation, which is why this book has to be read aswell if you are a fan of either the tv show or the film because you can get a better feel for the characters and the town and why they are the way they are when it comes to high school football.

brilliantly written, poignantly set in a time where not alot is going for the town apart from those Friday Night Lights - (cheesy ending i know but what the hell)

simply brilliant
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
I read Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger approximately three years ago. I have just re-read it after having finished "Our Guys" by Bernanrd Lefkowitz, the tragic tale of a town where the star football team members rape a retarded woman and how it's dealt with (or perhaps more accurately -- all but denied) by the town.Lights is a compelling read that makes it easy to hang on to even if one isn't the greatest fan of football. In reading a number of other reviews on this book, I view many of those as defensive reactions from people of the town or from some who know people of the town. This is sad because Lights isn't an indictment of Odessa, Texas. It is EVERYTOWN, USA. There is a great deal of U.S. universality to the story. Yes, one town was spotlighted. Often this is how we learn our greatest lessons in life... by observing human behavior in one setting and considering how it applies to ourselves and the places we live -- to our little world.Bissinger didn't betray the citizens of Odessa. He was not an "undercover" agent spying on them. The people of the town knew he was a reporter; apparently quite a likeable one. Why they expected the lionization of their town and their team as a result of the fact that the reporter was a nice guy is beyond me. Bissinger has proven himself to be an outstanding and objective observer of the culture of Odessa. And, while I don't personally know him, he had nothing against Odessa as a town and probably still doesn't (although he did receive death threats as a result of the book so I don't if that has by now changed his view at all.)Bissinger did what a good journalist does; he told the story of his objective observations. Unfortunately, from this reader's perspective, not a fun or loving or wonderful story.Read more ›
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug. 2000
Format: Hardcover
H.G. Bissinger's account of the fortunes of a high school football team during the 1988 season is a genuinely unsettling exploration of the dominant role that sports occupies in American culture. As abrasive and uncompromising as the empty west Texas prairie that surrounds it, the racially and economically-divided oil town of Odessa is a community in decline. The Permian Panthers football team, the most successful high school team in state history, is the only stable feature around which the town, bankrupted by the boom-bust oil economy of the eighties, can base any sense of identity. Such is the unbelievable extent of the town's obsession with the team, that one often forgets that the players Bissinger writes about are not seasoned professionals or even highly-touted college stars, but 17- and 18-year old high school kids. The pampered treatment that the players receive at school and from the community is disquieting, and it becomes clear that without Permian football, the people of Odessa would have nothing with which to give their lives structure and meaning. In this way, Friday Night Lights examines the relationship between a sports team and a community that occupies such an intriguing and integral role in the American identity. Bissinger's observations moreover highlight the disturbing inadequacies of an education system continually relegated to second place behind athletic success. A fascinating, if ultimately depressing book, that is as much an indictment of life in the heartland of Reagan-era America as it is of the more general nationwide obsession with sports.
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