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Just in time for the 20th anniversary of Spy's creation came the definitive anthology, inside story, and scrapbook. Spy: The Funny Years, co-authored with Graydon Carter and George Kalogerakis, will remind the magazine's million readers why they loved and depended on Spy and bring to a new generation the jewels of its reporting and writing, photography, illustration, design, and world-class mischief-making. It will demonstrate Spy's singular niche in American magazine and cultural history. But it is also intended to be enjoyed on its own: one beautiful volume containing Spy's funniest and most creative work, along with the ultimate insiders account of how it all came to be.

 

"With equal parts nostalgia and snarkiness, this history /anthology celebrates the now legendary satirical magazine during its heyday."

Publishers Weekly

"Spy was so funny when it was funny, and if that didn't last long...it made up in quality what it lacked in quantity... Perhaps you are too young or too old or were institutionalized during Spy's glory years. This really is the book for you. When people ask, "What were the late '80s like?" you can hand them this book and say, "It was like this, except no one was as smart as these guys.'"

San Francisco Chronicle

"Spy was the most influential magazine of the 1980S . . . it was cruel, brilliant, beautifully written and perfectly designed."

—Dave Eggars

"For those who missed out on the magazine first time round, you can get a pretty good idea of why it was it such a must-read from the recently published Spy: The Funny Years..."

The Telegraph

 

All the best is here: Separated at Birth; Naked City; The Fine Print; Logrolling in Our Time; the Blurb-o-Mat; those hysterical (and now ubiquitous) charts; the inside stories on the New York Times and Hollywood by J.J. Hunsecker and Celia Brady; the covers; investigative features; and the hilarious stories on pretty much everyone who was anyone during the late 80s and early 90s. Not to mention the often grisly but always entertaining regular cast of characters from Spy's pages--the churlish dwarf billionaires; beaver-faced moguls; bull-whip-wielding uber-agents; knobby-kneed socialites; and, of course, short-fingered vulgarians.

During its heyday, from 1986 through 1993, Spy broke important ground in journalism and design, defining smartness for its generation. It was a once-in-a-lifetime creation that shaped the zeitgeist and succeeded (for a while) against all odds.