David Simon

Oral history of 'The Wire' provides fans with insights

"All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire" (Crown Archetype), by Jonathan Abrams

The now-celebrated television series "The Wire" attracted few viewers and was virtually snubbed by the Emmys during its five-season run that ended a decade ago. Its producers had to fight tooth and nail to keep HBO from prematurely pulling the plug on the show.

Only later, thanks to acclaim from critics, word-of-mouth accolades from fans and its emerging popularity on DVD, did "The Wire" come to be recognized as one of television's greatest achievements, a gritty drama that belatedly found its audience as it explored some of America's most intractable...

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