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:0451498143
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

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

  • Kelly
    Mar 15, 2018
    Loved this almost as much as I loved the show. Super entertaining to read and made me want to watch the series all over again. It was such a smart show and I appreciate that it wanted to shed light on problems in our society and how to understand where those problems came from. That wa...
  • K
    Nov 20, 2017
    The Wire is one of my all-time favorite shows, so I was thrilled to score an ARC from Crown Publishing (thank you!). "All the Pieces Matter" is a must read for any fan! Abrams guides us through each step of the show, from its nexus to Season 5, with commentary from writers, directors, ...
  • 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...
  • Matthew
    Feb 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 heartbr...
  • 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...
  • Amanda
    Mar 29, 2018
    If you are a fan of the show, this is a must read. ...
  • Kenneth
    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...
  • Raul Clement
    Mar 12, 2018
    I think any fan of The Wire will enjoy this book. It's basically an oral history, giving behind-the-scenes perspective and trivia through the words of the cast and crew. Even though I've listened to the commentary on every episode at least twice, I still learned a ton. It was cool to r...
  • David Jacobs
    Mar 21, 2018
    This book is fun to read, and the amount of work that went into it is amazing. But I expected a little more. I certainly wasn't looking for a counter-case ("Was the Wire actually bad?") or some manufactured controversy, but of course people who worked on the show were going to give onl...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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, ...
  • Ben Beard
    Mar 24, 2018
    The Wire isn't just the greatest show of all time, it is one of the greatest feats of storytelling, period. No other story has explored an entire broken societal system from so many vantage points with such human, interesting characters. Many people have said it is more like a book tha...
  • Murray
    Mar 21, 2018
    "The Wire" was a ground-breaking television show like no other. It not only addressed the blight of inner city Baltimore, it gripped some viewers so tightly that, as many claim, it changed their lives and viewpoints on many serious matters. "All The Pieces Matter" is a book, compose...
  • 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...
  • Phillip Marquart
    Feb 19, 2018
    Book would never live up to my expectations, but it was good. Like the show, just wish it was longer :-) ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Josh Peterson
    Feb 18, 2018
    Great book about a great show. Quotes were great throughout and I found myself laughing out loud more than I expected. Can't wait to watch the show again. 9.5/10 ...
  • Chris Calogero
    Mar 26, 2018
    If you are any kind of fan, from casual to fanatic, of the wire you should read this! Great stories about the struggle to make an utterly classic television series and the love each member of this cast and crew had for each other really shines through. More substantial than almost any ...
  • Miikka Lehtonen
    Feb 20, 2018
    Disclaimer first: The Wire is probably my favourite TV show of all time. With that in mind, I was extremely interested in reading the book. It's worth keeping in mind that this isn't an episode guide, or even a season guide really. Instead it's an oral history where pretty much everyon...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Kyle Erickson
    Mar 07, 2018
    I loved this book. Every single page had something illuminating/funny/thought-provoking/amazing/interesting. An oral history at 320 pages is a good length, however I wished for another 100 pages easily (Abrams had thousands of unused pages). If you love The Wire, you will love ...
  • 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...