All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Jonathan Abrams

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All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire Read Online Free - The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, and others involved in its creation

Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors, such as Idris Elba, Dominic West, and Michael B. Jordan, have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers, including David Simon and Richard Price, have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use the show to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice to sociology. Politicians and activists reference it when discussing policy. When critics compile lists of the Greatest TV Shows of All Time, The Wire routinely takes the top spot. It is arguably one of the great works of art America has produced in the 20th century.

But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made. With unparalleled access to all the key actors and writers involved in its creation, Jonathan Abrams tells the astonishing, compelling, and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.

Title : All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire
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ISBN : 0451498143
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 pages


Biljana rated it ★★★★★

December 06, 2017

All the Pieces Matter is an amazing oral history of The Wire. Jonathan Abrams interviewed most of the key players (David Simon and Ed Burns, the creators of the show; many of the main writers; the key actors, including Idris Elba, Dominic West, Michael K. Williams, and the list goes on) and does...

Kasa rated it ★★★★★

December 13, 2017

There is a quote by one of the actors from the wire towards the end of this book that goes "The show asked a lot of anyone who watched it. It was not easy viewing. It’s hard to make a casserole and watch the wire in the background...". For those of us who followed The Wire from day one, it raised...

David rated it ★★★★☆

February 20, 2018

If you say you like The Wire, that means you like reading books. That means you give a [bad word] about the human race. – Andre Royo (“Bubbles”) A completely enjoyable book by a fan for fans of this hit TV drama. If you haven't seen the series, watch it and love it. If you saw the series and didn'...

BJ rated it ★★★★☆

November 01, 2017

So, I have finished All the Pieces Matter by Jonathan Abram, due out in February. Really, really liked it. (The book is due out in February but in full disclosure I received this eARC from NetGalley for a fair and honest review. Thanks, NetGalley!) One note for any prospective reader. This is not...

Andrea rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2018

Not long enough. I wish that the author had spent time on stories behind the squad (Lester Freamon, Lt. Daniels). To quote Andre Royo (Bubbles): [The audience] appreciated being treated like they're intelligent...the Wire became that show where there was a hierarchy. If you like the Wire it means...

Sean rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2018

“All the sudden, The Wire became the show where there was a hierarchy. If you say you like The Wire, that means you like reading books. That means you give a f about the human race. It made you feel like you bettered yourself in the crowd.”- Andre Royo (Bubbles) Incredible stories from the people...

Katya rated it ★★★★★

February 01, 2018

The morning I finish the book, I see a post on facebook about an investigation into the Baltimore city police department's corruption that has established that cops were using toy guns to plant on suspects. And as much as it drives Ed Burns's anxieties home as voiced in the book, it also underlin...

Matt rated it ★★★★★

December 23, 2017

The Wire has aged remarkably well. Almost 10 years after airing its final episode, the show's themes and subject matter are just as relevant as ever, if not more so. It has also played a huge role in ushering in the era of "peak television" and slow-burning narrative dramas like Breaking Bad and...

Damien rated it ★★★★★

February 18, 2018

Truly excellent oral history with nearly all the (living) players and creators of the show. The stories are current, meaning that they have both the blessing of hindsight and the limitations of memory, but these are largely raw stories, with little gilding or glossing to make one look better, som...

Matthew rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

I'm inclined to love a book like this as THE WIRE is one of my all-time favorite shows. But this is also so well put together, and captures exactly what the show was trying (successfully) to do. The ending is both lovely and tragic as it weaves the story of the TV show into the heartbreaking real...

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