All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

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 The definitive oral history of the iconic and beloved TV show The Wire, as told by the actors, writers, directors, an...

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Title:All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire
Author:Jonathan Abrams
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire Reviews

  • Peter Knox
    May 29, 2018
    You already know if you?ll enjoy this book; did you love watching The Wire? Then you?ll love reading this brisk expertly produced oral history of everyone involved. It?s like hanging out with all the characters again (like Lester Freemon bought a house with no TV and had a...
  • Jess
    Mar 22, 2018
    First, I appreciate the author got amazing access to many of the actors on and the people behind the show. There is a lot of material here for him to work with, and it covers a lot of ground within its 300-plus pages. OK, that's what I liked about it. What I didn't like? That this b...
  • Josh
    Mar 18, 2018
    Fun and readable comprehensive collection of thoughts about The Wire from most of the major people involved. I enjoyed reading it, though I'm not sure it's super vital or especially insightful as a whole. It does provide some good trivia about the show's production and fills in some de...
  • BJ
    Oct 30, 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 reade...
  • Ken
    Mar 17, 2018
    Really more like a 3.5 or 3.75. Reading this was a nice way to enjoy The Wire again without watching all the episodes. This book feels more important than it is good, if that makes any sense. ...
  • Matt
    Sep 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 Breaki...
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Dec 10, 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 o...
  • David
    Oct 11, 2017
    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...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 10, 2019
    this is a good companion to the HBO series... i would suggest not reading this before watching the show. there are a lot of big spoilers in abrams' book. the bulk of this book is commentary from the actors who starred on the show, along with the writers, directors, and producers. it...
  • Frank
    Jun 10, 2018
    Fine. Enjoyable as a walk back through the show but nothing essential -- lots spent on challenges with the execs, and clearly had more access to the behind the camera staff than the actors (who add a lot with what they have). As with 90% of oral histories, might've been better as prose...
  • Hadrian
    Mar 28, 2018
    Collection of interviews with the cast and crew. This massive collection of interviews is cohesive because Abrams can sort information by topic and connects it all together. To take one example, he finds multiple Baltimore residents who appreciated the authenticity of the shows' wri...
  • Katya Kazbek
    Feb 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 al...
  • Anita
    Jul 08, 2018
    Well, I started watching the series again. It is holding up very well so far. ...
  • Biljana
    Dec 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...
  • Kelsey McKinney
    Jan 07, 2019
    When I watched The Wire, I thought ?this is a good show?. When I watched the series finale, I thought ?this is a great show?. Reading this book, I thought ?this is one of the greatest television shows ever?. I loved this book. As a companion piece, it elevated and enhanced ...
  • Chris Witkowski
    Mar 22, 2018
    I am a Wire junkie, believing the show to be the very best thing I have ever seen on TV, so when I read about a book that told the complete story of the HBO acclaimed series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. The author interviews every person involved with the show, the writers, ...
  • Perry
    Jan 11, 2019
    "All in the game yo, all in the game." Omar Little, The Wire, HBO 2002-2008 Bar none, "The Wire" is the finest television series ever: in its realistic portrayal of drug-related crimes from various angles, law enforcement and news media coverage, as well as the greed and apathy in ...
  • Andrea
    Feb 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...
  • Peter
    Mar 02, 2019
    Great review of the show with all the main players chiming in. Makes me want to re-watch the show. ...
  • Damien
    Feb 17, 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 ...
  • Bremer
    May 21, 2018
    David Simon, a Baltimore Sun reporter, followed a drug-trafficking case in the winter of 1984. Two detectives, Ed Burns and Harry Edgerton, used wiretaps to set up an elusive drug dealer and his associates. The case involved a trafficker named Melvin Williams. He imported a bulk ...
  • Eric
    Apr 03, 2018
    All The Pieces Matter is a good companion recounting of HBO's landmark series The Wire. Be forewarned: if you have not seen The Wire and plan to, do not read this book because it contains many, many spoilers. For those that have seen the series, this book offers tidbits about t...
  • Fryeday
    Jul 31, 2018
    This book does an awesome job of truly highlighting 1) the importance of The Wire, 2) the brilliance of The Wire, 3) the resilience of the writers and specifically the creator and 4) the dedication of the actors, but also the real life issues actors deal with as it relates to working i...
  • Suezy Proctor
    Apr 27, 2018
    My husband and I were surfing for a meaty series to sink our teeth into. We are not a fan of regular TV. We stumbled onto The Wire, Season 1. We loved it for different reasons, but, we both loved it. Every now and again, while surfing for a new series, (and currently it is Bosch, with ...
  • Scott S.
    Apr 29, 2018
    A talking-head tome recommended for fans and those familiar with the once-ignored but now-praised 2002-2008 HBO ensemble crime-drama series set in urban Baltimore. Author Abrams did a commendable job of getting quotes / stories / anecdotes from, it seems, nearly EVERY performer and sen...
  • Hunter Satterfield
    Mar 27, 2018
    I am in the camp that believes The Wire to be the best television show in history. For those in that camp this is book is a no brainer and should be your very next read. For those that loved The Wire this is a must read that should be near the top of your list. For those tha...
  • Debbie Notkin
    Feb 05, 2019
    [I would swear I posted a review of this book a week or two ago, but it didn't take, so here's my second try.] Hardcore fans of The Wire, like me, will appreciate the range and depth of this book (another loan from Kerry). Jonathan Abrams interviewed every principal on the TV show t...
  • Riley Haas
    Apr 04, 2018
    Note: This is an oral history of how The Wire got made. You should only read this if you have seen The Wire in its entirety. The spoilers in this review concern the show, not the book. I loved Abrams' oral histories for Grantland but it might have been partially due to the fact that t...
  • Lori
    May 12, 2018
    It made me miss The Wire. ANDRE ROYO (REGINALD ?BUBBLES? COUSINS): ?Not knowing about the addiction, that?s when I started doing my homework.? ?You start doing your homework. It was awesome. It was exciting to find different ways. I found out just talking to peo...
  • Sean Tenaglia
    Mar 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 stori...