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Sean Deveney has been a writer and editor at Sporting News since 1999, covering all aspects of sports and appeared as a guest on ESPN, Comcast Sports, CNN, Fox News, CBS, and MSNBC. He has helped author four books, including The Original Curse and Before Wrigley Became Wrigley.

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"Rollicking Led by the hedonistic slinger Joe Namath, the Jets shocked the football world with their Super Bowl III upset of the Baltimore Colts in 1969. That autumn, the once-risible Mets won the World Series. The Knicks capped off one of the greatest sports seasons any city had ever enjoyed when they took the N.B.A. title the following spring." --New York Times Book Review

"Sean Deveney . . . recaptures the era's lunatic euphoria and unpredictable political impact in Fun City." --New York Times

"This impressively researched history serves as a vivid portrait of the two men's valiant, if fruitless, quest for greatness in a perpetually unforgiving city." Publishers Weekly

"Vividly chronicling the social, racial, and political upheaval of New York City in the 1960s, Deveney . . . traces the intersecting rise of the Jets (football), Mets (baseball), and the Knicks (basketball) over New York's "establishment" teams: the Giants (football) and the Yankees (baseball). . . . This dense, objective, unflinching, and thorough narrative doesn't just paint a picture of New York in the 1960s. The work is steeped in the headlines. . . . [F]ans of New York sports teams will feel viscerally transported." Library Journal

"Deveney combines his two big subjects neatly. . . . [T]here is plenty here of interest to sports fans and followers of urban politics." -Booklist

"Sean Deveney deftly details the fan euphoria related to the emergence of first-time world champions against the backdrop of tumultuous events that affected all New Yorkers." Jeff Miller, author of Going Long: The Wild Ten Year Saga of the Renegade American Football League in the Words of Those Who Lived It

"Fun City is a rollicking, insightful look back at an incredible time in New York history. From Joe Namath to John Lindsay, Mickey Mantle to Muhammad Ali and all the Amazin' Mets, here is a story that will entertain and astonish you, even if you lived through it." Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd

"I remember New York in the late 1960s and early 1970--a dreamland of seediness, magnificent in its plunge toward the abyss. Somehow against all odds its professional teams conjured magic. Long-haired Joe Namath, wounded Willis Reed, and their gangs of Jets and Knicks captured the soul of the times. It could have happened only in New York. Sean Deveney recaptures the moment in vivid detail. I felt younger again just reading Fun City." Randy Roberts, co-author of Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter

"Looking for a good pool/beach book? Fun City . . . [is] about the roiling stew of 1960s NYC politics (emphasis on John Lindsay), mixed with the radical changes in the city's sports scene (emphasis on Sonny Werblin's Jets and Joe Namath)." Phil Mushnick, New York Post
"Rollicking Led by the hedonistic slinger Joe Namath, the Jets shocked the football world with their Super Bowl III upset of the Baltimore Colts in 1969. That autumn, the once-risible Mets won the World Series. The Knicks capped off one of the greatest sports seasons any city had ever enjoyed when they took the N.B.A. title the following spring." --New York Times Book Review

"Sean Deveney . . . recaptures the era's lunatic euphoria and unpredictable political impact in Fun City." --New York Times

"This impressively researched history serves as a vivid portrait of the two men's valiant, if fruitless, quest for greatness in a perpetually unforgiving city." Publishers Weekly

"Vividly chronicling the social, racial, and political upheaval of New York City in the 1960s, Deveney . . . traces the intersecting rise of the Jets (football), Mets (baseball), and the Knicks (basketball) over New York's "establishment" teams: the Giants (football) and the Yankees (baseball). . . . This dense, objective, unflinching, and thorough narrative doesn't just paint a picture of New York in the 1960s. The work is steeped in the headlines. . . . [F]ans of New York sports teams will feel viscerally transported." Library Journal

"Deveney combines his two big subjects neatly. . . . [T]here is plenty here of interest to sports fans and followers of urban politics." -Booklist

"Sean Deveney deftly details the fan euphoria related to the emergence of first-time world champions against the backdrop of tumultuous events that affected all New Yorkers." Jeff Miller, author of Going Long: The Wild Ten Year Saga of the Renegade American Football League in the Words of Those Who Lived It

"Fun City is a rollicking, insightful look back at an incredible time in New York history. From Joe Namath to John Lindsay, Mickey Mantle to Muhammad Ali and all the Amazin' Mets, here is a story that will entertain and astonish you, even if you lived through it." Kevin Baker, author of The Big Crowd

"I remember New York in the late 1960s and early 1970--a dreamland of seediness, magnificent in its plunge toward the abyss. Somehow against all odds its professional teams conjured magic. Long-haired Joe Namath, wounded Willis Reed, and their gangs of Jets and Knicks captured the soul of the times. It could have happened only in New York. Sean Deveney recaptures the moment in vivid detail. I felt younger again just reading Fun City." Randy Roberts, co-author of Rising Tide: Bear Bryant, Joe Namath, and Dixie's Last Quarter

"Looking for a good pool/beach book? Fun City . . . [is] about the roiling stew of 1960s NYC politics (emphasis on John Lindsay), mixed with the radical changes in the city's sports scene (emphasis on Sonny Werblin's Jets and Joe Namath)." Phil Mushnick, New York Post

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