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Faith and Fear in Flushing: An Intense Personal History of the New York Mets

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  • Posted February 14, 2012

    For the fans, of the fans, and by a fan

    Allow me to preface the lavish praise I will give this book with a warning: I am the targeted demographic for this book—a genuine, true-blue (and orange), diehard, lifelong, dedicated, unwavering Mets fan. Now that that’s out of the way: WOW. Greg Prince has written the definitive book for Met fans. He has managed to capture, in his inimitably honest and perceptive manner, the sadness and joy (mostly sadness) of being a Mets fan. I lived through every moment he describes in this book (not quite as immediately as he did (the guy goes to A LOT of Mets games), and, like the author, much of my personal life is inextricably intertwined with memories of the Mets. If you’re not a Mets fan, pass this one up—or give it as a gift to any real Mets fan you know. If you’re a genuine fan, treat yourself to a book that will bring you more joy than most Mets games this season probably will. Mr. Prince, you’ve been added to my roster of great Mets fans, and I’m proud to call you a teammate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Great book

    I purchased this book for Christmas for my husband. He's not a big reader, but he loved this book.

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  • Posted March 16, 2009

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    Faith and Fear in Flushing: Baseball's Answer to Fever Pitch

    Greg Prince's Faith and Fear in Flushing: an intense personal history of the New York Mets is a must-read for any Mets fan you may know. Not unlike Nick Hornby's book Fever Pitch, Prince writes passionately about his unabashed love of his favorite sports team in a way that is remarkable yet relatable. Mets fans will live and die with Prince's descriptions of pivotal games in Mets history. But just as Hornby created worldwide awareness of Arsenal (his favorite football/soccer team), Prince's love of the Mets is infectious - anyone who has ever shouted, "Go Team!" at any point in his or her life will appreciate just how Prince lives and dies with the Mets' fortunes.

    Faith and Fear in Flushing also features as an afterword an entertaining conversation between the author and Mets announcer Gary Cohen.

    As an added bonus, Faith and Fear in Flushing features several photographs that were taken by David G. Whitham. Whitham's own passion for the Mets and for Shea Stadium are evident in the gorgeous images within the book and on its back cover.

    If you are a Mets fan, buy this book. If you know a Mets fan, buy this book. And if you have ever given your heart over to a hobby with passion and dedication, buy this book.

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