The Wire: Truth Be Told

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Canongate Books, Oct 1, 2009 - Performing Arts - 592 pages
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THE WIRE is one of the most critically acclaimed drama series in the history of television. It portrays the war of attrition between Baltimore's hardened police force and its drug dealers, and the blurring of good and evil, justice and injustice, and right and wrong that happens every day as men and women struggle against the insitutions they are bound up in. Over its five series it has built up a detailed, rich and layered portrait of Baltimore: from its corner boys touting dope and its dock workers facing extinction, through the strained education system and tainted halls of power, to the crumbling media establishment. Rafael Alvarez - a reporter, essayist and staff writer for the show - brings the reader inside this world, detailing many of the real-life incidents and personalities that inspired the show's storylines and characters. Packed with photographs and featuring an introduction by the show's creator and executive producer David Simon, as well as essays by acclaimed authors George Pelecanos and Laura Lippman, THE WIRE: TRUTH BE TOLD covers all five series in glorious detail.

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I got this for my birthday, and began to read it immediately. For a fan of the Wire, this is a great book filled with tons of information about the show, its actors, themes, and thoughtful commentary ... Read full review

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Great companion to the greatest TV show ever. Lots of fun facts and insightful essays. If you're a fan of The Wire you won't fail to like this. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Rafael Alvarez is a novelist based in his native Baltimore. He learned to write on the city desk of the BALTIMORE SUN. He is the author of ORLO AND LEINI MEET THE INVISIBLE MAN and occasionally works as a laborer on ships crewed by the Seafarers International Union. He has been a writer on all of THE WIRE's five seasons.

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