The Wire: Truth Be Told

The Wire: Truth Be Told

Welcome to the critically acclaimed HBO drama series "The Wire," hailed as "the best show on television, period" by the "San Francisco Chronicle." "The New York Times" calls it "a vital part of the television landscape...unvarnished realism." "Time" declares that "The Wire," "like its underfunded, workaday cops, just plugged away until it outshone everything else on TV.""T Welcome to the critically acclaimed HBO drama series "The Wire," hailed as "the best show on television, period" by the "...

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Title:The Wire: Truth Be Told
Author:Rafael Alvarez
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Wire: Truth Be Told
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Wire: Truth Be Told Reviews

  • Bryan
    Feb 15, 2007
    The Wire is over. Long live The Wire. ...
  • Andrew Thompson
    Dec 23, 2009
    For fans of The Wire. A good companion to the series which offers some useful insights and background. I would however say that the episode guide is not a patch on the corresponding wikipedia entries. It has however prompted me to start watching the entire series yet again on DVD. This...
  • karen
    Mar 24, 2008
    so, the bedbugs pooped all over my nice hardcover edition of this because 1) bedbugs have zero taste 2) bedbugs are assholes 3) bedbugs are living creatures, and living creatures poop because - science. 4) and i'm just inferring here, but i'm pretty sure bedbugs are racist. ...
  • Shu Lindsey
    Jan 29, 2014
    "We are bored with good and evil. We renounce the theme. With the exceptions of saints and sociopaths, few in this world are anything but a confused and corrupted combination of personal motivations, most of them selfish, some of them hilarious. Character is the essence of all good ...
  • Kevin
    Nov 02, 2007
    I'm a ravenous fan of the HBO series, The Wire, and there's no reason why people should continue to not watch this show. Three seasons are on DVD already, and now this companion book. I picked this one up in a bargain bin. There because its such a niche book that I'm sure it probably o...
  • Paul Bryant
    Jan 11, 2011
    HE HAS NOTHING TO DECLARE EXCEPT HIS GENIUS, IT SEEMS Would you like to read an introduction to Hamlet written by Shakespeare himself? Not if it went something like ?I knew when I began Hamlet that I wished to blow the conventions of the revenge tragedy sky-high, and by God that?...
  • Drew
    Dec 08, 2007
    This book is an insightful look behind the scenes of HBO's spectacular drama, The Wire. Mr. Alvarez combines terrific interviews with different people around Baltimore, Maryland who have inspired many of the program's distinct characters with articles about various aspects of the show'...
  • Lisa
    Mar 09, 2011
    "Arguably the greatest television show ever made" - Daily Telegraph. Fun fact: The worst argument that my boyfriend and I have ever had revolved around just that statement. Having not seen The Wire he argued that Six Feet Under deserved this title. He's wrong. Comprising of seaso...
  • Christine
    Feb 17, 2010
    The history of television is littered with intelligent product that never got the ratings, acclaim, or chance to achieve the success of the flashy but simplistic C.S.I or Law & Order. One recent example of this would be Southland, which was granted a second chance at life by TNT. P...
  • Christine
    Nov 09, 2012
    This book is the shee-it! And if you know extactly where that comes from, I hope you are reading this review after you have read the book. I read an earlier edition of this, and really can't add much to the original review which is . If you have already read that review, well...
  • Niklas Pivic
    Mar 11, 2013
    In the end, it took HBO more than a year to agree to shoot even a pilot. This book tells the story of "The Wire", which is one of my favourite TV series, ever. It starts with an essay about the nitty grit by David Simon himself, and then goes through every single episode of all five...
  • Derek Baldwin
    Jul 28, 2011
    Not bad but you can't escape a feeling of exploitativeness, and the fact that 25% of the book is index and other tables, cast and crew lists etc, hardly helps. A lot of the writing is pretty lazy. It's acceptable - in context - for The Wire to be full of swear words but not acceptable ...
  • Melisa Resch
    Sep 09, 2009
    AWESOME!!! Loved this book. I want to read everything there is on the behind-the-scenes wire stuff. LOVED the casting stories and the shooting information. I wanted more, goddammit. more interviews with cast and crew, more info on baltimore shennanigans, more production stories. MOR...
  • Lisa
    Mar 31, 2018
    Like watching the series all over again, but while they are filming it. ...
  • John Arfwedson
    Jul 26, 2010
    This book is all about "The Wire", 60 hours of TV spread over 5 years that is, as many before me have said: "The best story ever put on film." It is about inner-city Baltimore the same way "Moby Dick" is about whaling. It looks at drugs, police, docks, politics, schools, journalism, an...
  • Jimboninja
    May 12, 2010
    I really enjoyed reading this book, but that's because I loved the show. The book makes it clear how much depth of thought was put into the show and its season by season themes, and its interesting to learn more about the lives of the writers. The episode guide was a bit brief at t...
  • Doug Stotland
    Apr 03, 2011
    Not a good book but the best of the 3 I've read on "The Wire". The essays by David Simon provide fascinating insight on the personality and mentality that created such a great series. Most of the content is pretty lame but I still enjoyed reading blow-by-blow, episode-by-episode accoun...
  • Hadi
    Oct 22, 2013
    I was expecting this to be better than it was. Not that there weren't nuggets of goodness (the David Simon essay and interview with Nick Hornby) but the episode summaries weren't well done (they could have done better by simply cut and pasting the wiki entries) and the character analys...
  • Dankwa Brooks
    Mar 28, 2013
    I really didn't read this book so much as I skipped through it. Lots of prose from series creator David Simon that doesn't give background on the show inasmuch it gives background on politics etc. The episode recaps were a little skimpy as well, but with a show as plot rich as 'The...
  • Jeramey
    Feb 17, 2018
    I can?t believe I read a 500-page book about a television show and liked it. Wanted to get it out of the way before Jonathan Abrams? new work comes out and feel foolish for waiting so long. The essays give a lot of insight into the show. The episode synopses not so much. ...
  • Catherine
    Dec 06, 2012
    Strengths of the book? Interviews with writers, actors, etc., that one might not be able to find anywhere else. Valuable? Absolutely. However, the book was weak in some key points. I found the organization frustrating. First, episodes are generally listed by their place in the overal...
  • Graham Tapper
    Aug 06, 2011
    A great read for anyone who was into The Wire as much as I was. Written around a synopsis of the complete five series, it contains a wealth of additional background about the writers, producers, directors but, most especially about the actors and the characters that they play. Some,...
  • Michael Monforte
    Nov 29, 2012
    Really thought this book would give a lot more in-depth behind the scenes of the real life stories behind the show. While at times it offered that it mostly was episode recaps which I found pointless. If you bought a book about the show don't you think you would've known what was in th...
  • Rob
    Sep 13, 2013
    I enjoyed reading this a lot, and reliving the series, but with a few reservations - 1) You need to have seen The Wire. All of it. 2) It's a bit piecemeal and there are lots of typos (Prop Joe becomes Pop Joe at times, Carcetti becomes Carecetti etc.) 3) It's a little self-congratulato...
  • Dkettmann
    May 16, 2018
    I did a re-reading of this book, to augment my re-watching of the series. My ultimate goal was to read the newer "All the Pieces Matter" book on the Wire, but I was too foggy on the details, thus this refresh. This book is a very good companion to the series. Presented in episode or...
  • Brian Wadman
    Nov 18, 2013
    An episode to episode guide of the TV series along with inside info about what makes the show great. Producer, David Simon, is a bit self-congratulatory in his introduction letter (which he had sent to HBO) explaining the significance of the show. But in truth, this was the greatest te...
  • Rebecca McNutt
    Aug 23, 2016
    The Wire is an incredible book that visits the streets where crime happens and shows the day-to-day lives of police who work to set things right. ...
  • Yvonne Chan
    Feb 02, 2019
    It was great having this book on hand as I went through the series for the first time. It had a bunch of insight that I appreciated not having to Google. However I gave it a 3 because... 1. Straight up inaccuracies (saying things happen a different way than in the show, attributing th...
  • David Highton
    Jun 23, 2018
    Interesting book about a truly great TV series - some great articles and vignettes - but the recounting of the story of each episode was a little too much ...
  • Tasha
    Feb 16, 2017
    For fans of The Wire. A good companion to the series which offers some useful insights and background. I would however say that the episode guide is not a patch on the corresponding wikipedia entries. ...