The 25th anniversary edition of the #1 New York Times bestseller 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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"Football is a violent, physical sport and in Odessa, West Texas, in the 1980s, high school football is king. Tom Stechschulte's aggressively masculine narration couldn't be more appropriate to the material. In his deep voice, he scorns and snarls and drawls and whines, always matching his tone to the characters and their actions in this dispiriting, ugly world of undisguised racism and the primacy of football over academics. It's no wonder that Bissinger was PERSONA NON GRATA there after his book came out in 1990. There's always hope that the world has changed since then. We learn something of the fate of his featured players in an epilogue, written 25 years later. While their fortunes are mixed, the clear affection Bissinger feels for them is evident. A.B. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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