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 by Jonathan Abrams

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Ward's Picks: Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy & All The Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire by Jonathan Abrams. I grabbed a copy of All The Pieces Matter right away when it came in. Not only would it help me to delay watching The Wire for a fifth time, it is a perfect behind-the-scenes oral history of the greatest show I’ve ever seen. And, as great as this book is, I easily put it on the back burner when I got an advance copy of Beth Macy’s upcoming Dopesick. I immediately dove into this tragic and exhaustive history of the opioid epidemic as it has played out in Southwest Virginia since Purdue Pharma introduced and overproduced OxyContin in the late 1990s. This is definitely a book to put on your radar (it officially releases in August, but you can pre-order a signed copy now!). There are so many important things to say about Dopesick, but it boils down to this: this book is a must-read for everyone! And, it is the perfect book to read in conjunction with All The Pieces Matter. Not only does the Baltimore heroin market play a significant role in the book, but one of the detectives who is championed for breaking up a heroin ring in Winchester repeatedly claims to feel like he’s in The Wire.

About the book: 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.

 

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