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Friday Night Lights

Author : H G Bissinger
ISBN : 9781446449776
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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In the state of Texas American football is a religion. And nowhere is more fanatical about its football than the small town of Odessa. There, every Friday night from September to November, a bunch of seventeen-year-old kids play their hearts out for the honour of their high school. In front of 20,000 people. In 1988 H.G. Bissinger spent a season in Odessa discovering just what makes a town pin its hopes on eleven boys on a football field. He lived with the students, coaches and townspeople who dedicate their lives to their team, sharing their joys and triumphs, their pains, injuries and bitter disappointments. He returned with a compassionate but hard-eyed story of a town riven by money, race and class, where a high school can spend more on medical supplies for its athletic program than on its English department. Friday Night Lights is one of the best books about sport ever written. It is the story of how dreams and reality collide, at once glorious and immensely sad. Because for the 30-odd boys of the Permian Panthers, these days will have been the best of their lives.

Friday Night Lights

Author : H. G. Bissinger
ISBN : 9780224076746
Genre : Football
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Return once again to the enduring account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa -- the winningest high school football team in Texas history.

After Friday Night Lights When The Games Ended Real Life Began An Unlikely Love Story

Author : Buzz Bissinger
ISBN : 9781614520245
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Nearly twenty-five years ago, H. G. (Buzz) Bissinger, then a young reporter for the ÒPhiladelphia Inquirer,Ó moved to Odessa, Texas, family in tow, to follow the fortunes of the 1988 Permian High School football team. He hoped to write a celebratory treatment of a team and a town. The result: ÒFriday Night Lights,Ó a bestselling American classic that spawned the popular film as well as the series, considered by many one of the best on television. The original bookÕs most compelling character was James ÒBoobieÓ Miles, and his experience in Odessa was, as Bissinger puts it in his daringly honest sequel ÒAfter Friday Night Lights,Ó Òa symbol of everything that was wrong with high school football.Ó The complex friendship between subject and author has deepened over the years, and is, Bissinger writes, Òthe most lasting legacy of ÔFriday Night Lights,Õ or at least the legacy I care about most.Ó Heading into the 1988 season, Miles looked like a star-in-the-making, a sure bet to ascend to college and the NFL. Abandoned by his mother, beaten by his dad, he had scraped through a rough upbringing, but it appeared that success on the field was soon to redeem his pain. Then, in a meaningless preseason scrimmage, Boobie blew out his knee. By midseason he was off the team, no longer needed by his coaches, who had found themselves a new running back. ÒAfter Friday Night LightsÓÑan original 45-page story written to be read in a single sittingÑfollows Boobie through the dark years he suffered after his injury right up to a present that is imbued with a new kind of hope. It is the indelible portrait of the oddest of enduring friendships: that of a writer and his subject, a Òneurotic JewÓ and a West Texas oil-field worker, a white man raised in privilege and a black man brought up in poverty and violence, and a father and his "fourth son." Their story encompasses the realities of race and class in America. And reveals with heartbreaking accuracy how men rise again after their dreams are broken. It is a must-read for fans of the book, the movie, and the television series.

A Friday Night Lights Companion

Author : Leah Wilson
ISBN : 9781935618904
Genre : Performing Arts
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Introduction by Will Leitch, founding editor of DeadspinTalk to any of the millions of devoted Friday Night Lights fans and they'll tell you: it's not just a show about high school football. Its rich, interesting characters and honestly portrayed relationships make the show's portrait of West Texas life compelling and relatable in ways that have nothing?and everything?to do with touchdowns.A Friday Night Lights Companion celebrates the show, its fearlessness, and what it's meant to those who love it.? Dave Campbell's Texas Football manag.

A Prayer For The City

Author : Buzz Bissinger
ISBN : 9781101969915
Genre : Political Science
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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights, the heart-wrenching and hilarious true story of an American city on its knees and a man who will do anything to save it. A Prayer for the City is acclaimed journalist Buzz Bissinger's true epic of Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell, an utterly unique, unorthodox, and idiosyncratic leader willing to go to any length for the sake of his city: take unions head on, personally lobby President Clinton to save 10,000 defense jobs, or wrestle Smiley the Pig on Hot Dog Day—all the while bearing in mind the eternal fickleness of constituents whose favor may hinge on a missed garbage pick-up or an overzealous meter maid. It is also the story of citizens in crisis: a woman fighting ceaselessly to give her great-grandchildren a better life, a father of six who may lose his job at the Navy Shipyard, and a policy analyst whose experiences as a crime victim tempt her to abandon her job and ideals. "Fascinating, humane" (The New Yorker) and alive with detail and insight, A Prayer for the City describes the rare combination of political courage and optimism that may be the only hope for America's urban centers.

Three Nights In August

Author : Buzz Bissinger
ISBN : 9780547526713
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Three Nights in August captures the strategic and emotional complexities of baseball's quintessential form, the three-game series. As the St. Louis Cardinals battle their archrival Chicago Cubs, we watch from the dugout through the eyes of the legendary Tony La Russa, considered by many to be the greatest manager of the modern era. In his thirty-three years of managing, La Russa won three World Series titles and was named Manager of the Year a record five times. He now stands as the third-winningest manager in the history of baseball. A great leader, he built his success on the conviction that ball games are won not only by the numbers but also by the hearts and minds of those who play. Drawing on unprecedented access to a major league skipper and his team, Buzz Bissinger portrays baseball with a revelatory intimacy and offers many surprising tactical insights. Bissinger also furthers the debate on major league managerial style and strategy in his provocative Afterword.

Friday Night Lights

Author : Dr Nathanial Hearne
ISBN : 0991151100
Genre : Education
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In 1990, H.G. Bissinger released a book called Friday Night Lights: A Town, A Team, and A Dream. That book followed the story of the 1988 Permian High School football team in Odessa, Texas. It was a national bestseller that was made into a movie and a television series by the same name. Dr. Nathanial Hearne was one of the football coaches at Permian at that time. Coach Hearne was a key influence in the lives of the players on that team, and he has a unique perspective on the happenings at Permian. Dr. Hearne was the first black football coach hired at Permian. His experiences also have given him wisdom on how to be successful in life. Dr. Hearne shares what happened at Permian in his own words in his new book: Friday Night Lights: Untold Stories from Behind the Lights. This is more than just another sports book. Anyone who is responsible for leading others will benefit from the principles of excellence that Dr. Hearne presents through his real-life stories. Parents, teachers, coaches, supervisors, managers, and presidents can all come away inspired to take account of the legacy they are leaving behind.

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