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Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets
The New York Mets fan is an Amazin’ creature whose species finds its voice at last in Greg Prince’s Faith and Fear In Flushing, the definitive account of what it means to root for and live through the machinations of an endlessly fascinating if often frustrating baseball team. Prince, coauthor of the highly regarded blog of the same name, examines how the life of the franc ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Skyhorse
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As a genre, sports memoirs are typically a terminal endeavor, especially when delivered by current or former players. However, Faith & Fear in Flushing is a refreshing exception. Written by whom I would certainly consider the penultimate Met's fan, from the very first page, author Prince makes no apologies as to where his baseball allegiances lie. Additionally he also proceeds to document how his personal historical baseball cement came to hardened around his beloved New York Mets from his earli ...more
I started reading this book because of Spring Training, and the approach of baseball. I usually like to help get into the baseball mood with a good book or two, especially one about my team. This one especially helps because Mr. Prince is a quality writer, which should help this book appeal to more than just Mets fans, which are obviously the target audience. But he could be any fan, of any team, weaving his personal life into a narrative about his favorite teams life. All you have to do is chan ...more
A very heartfelt, in-depth memoir of the history of the Mets so far, as experienced by the author. It's a great read for diehard fans, especially fans who are recent fellow-sufferers and would like to know more about their beloved, scrappy team's history. I had some trouble with the writing style; at some points it could be very contrived. For example, he tends to overuse his favorite device of starting every sentence with the same phrase. Used sparingly, it's a powerful device, but overused, it ...more
You can be a fan of the Mets or you could be a fan of their most bitter rival, and this book will still keep you interested and entertained. It is a beautifully chronicled history of the Mets, as told by a fan from a very young age up until this very day. You'll find all of the trials and tribulations of the New York Mets in this book, and Greg Prince's memory and ability to recall the smallest of details will astound you. It's the history of a team told from a perspective you won't get anywhere ...more
This is the greatest book I have ever read about baseball in general and the Mets in particular. He definitely knows what goes on in the minds of a die-hard fan and I found myself nodding my head and smiling ruefully (or just straight up laughing out loud) throughout the entire book. The author is charmingly self-deprecating and a the embodiment of a true Mets fan. I tip my (Mets) cap to you, Greg Prince.
Greg Prince is a marvelous story-teller who can make even the mundane interesting and illuminating. And there is very little mundane in this book. A must read for all Mets fans and a great view into the psychie of Mets fans for any baseball fan who wants to know why we are all so screwed up. Kudos!
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