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 in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. The show's actors like Idris Elba, Dominic West and Michael B. Jordan have gone on to become major stars. Its creators and writers like David Simon and Richard Price have developed dedicated cult followings of their own. Universities use it to teach everything from film theory to criminal justice and 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 atonishing, compelling and complete account of The Wire, from its inception and creation through its end and powerful legacy.