The Wire

The Wire : Truth Be Told

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THE WIRE is one of the most critically acclaimed drama series in the history of television. Over its five seasons it built up a rich and layered portrait of Baltimore: its hardened police force, its corner boys, its dock workers and its politicians. The Wire: Truth Be Told brings the reader inside this world: packed with photographs and featuring an introduction by David Simon, it covers all five seasons in glorious more

Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 136 x 212 x 50mm | 721.21g
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 1847675999
  • 9781847675996
  • 147,166

About David Simon

RAFAEL ALVAREZ was born in Baltimore in 1958 and educated at Catholic schools. He received an English degree from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1981. His books include Orlo and Leini, a collection of short fiction, and Storyteller, an anthology of his two decades of feature reporting for the Baltimore Sun. In 2009, Alvarez published an essay on the expansive nature of storytelling - as evidenced in his fiction and THE WIRE - in Third Person: Authoring and Exploring Vast Narratives, released by the MIT Press of Cambridge, Massachusetts. DAVID SIMON's Homicide: A Year in the Killing Streets won the Edgar and Anthony Awards and became the basis for the award-winning NBC drama. Simon's second book, The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighbourhood, co-authored with Ed Burns, was made into an Emmy-winning HBO miniseries. Simon was an executive writer and producer for HBO's Peabody Award-winning series THE WIRE. He lives in Baltimore. Other contributors: Victor Paul Alvarez, Michael A. Fletcher, Greg Garland, Nick Hornby, Joy Lusco Kecken, Laura Lippman, Ann DeLordo, George Pelecanos, Deborah Rudacille, Tom Waldron, Anthony Walton and William F. more

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Episode guides often let you down by being just that: a book of plot synopses. True to The Wire's unsurpassed quality, this 'episode guide' has the synopses muscling for space with essays from the likes of George Pelecanos and a Nick Hornby interview with creator David Simon. Essential stuff. * Empire * This comprehensive and inspired series guide is a revelatory insight into the courage, determination and skill that went into making the series. With contributions from the authors and screenwriters, it's a fascinating look at both the fractured nature of modern society and how you go about depicting that on screen. * Big Issue * Not the usual coffee-table photo book, but something substantial, complex, honest, challenging, revealing, funny and also unprecedented, unique - a book, in other words, worthy of THE WIRE. -- Tony Kushner Rafael, writer on all five series, has produced a companion work that does justice to the original and reveals the depth of its authenticity. * Waterstones Books Quarterly * One of the greatest works of television of all time. * Independent * You either love THE WIRE, or haven't seen it. * Guardian * A vital part of the television landscape. * New York Times * THE WIRE, like its underfunded, workaday cops, just plugged away until it outshone everything else on TV. * Time *show more

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