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The Wire Re-up: The Guardian guide to the greatest TV show ever made Paperback – 3 Dec 2009


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Guardian Books (3 Dec. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0852652216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0852652213
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The best TV show since the invention of radio (Charlie Brooker)

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Series by series, episode by episode, Guardian writers and readers discuss, analyse and appreciate The Wire

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr E on 12 Jan. 2010
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I did enjoy this book but it's fairly lightweight and falls somewhere in between analysis and episode guide, not really succeeding at either.

Aside from a handful of interviews and top 5 lists the book consists of a brief blog post of each episode of the Wire. For the first couple of series these are followed by selected blog comments. The problem is that given the origin of text... blog posts by a lot of different people there is a lack of cohesion and tone from episode to episode. Limited space means that the level of analysis is fairly limited as well. As an episode guide it fails for similar reasons, there's no consistancy and while some entries discuss the episode in question, some will only focus on a specific character or theme.

For a Wire fan it's still a good read though. Anything that helps you relive "The Greatest TV Show Ever Made" can't be that bad!

A final word of warning... the entire thing is very spoiler heavy. Don't read it until you've finished the whole show as the entries for early epsiodes will often include details of events later in the show.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Cooper on 23 Feb. 2010
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As a huge fan of The Wire I was genuinely interested to see if The Wire Re-up would offer anything beyond the excellent HBO book which accompanies the series written by Rafael Alvarez. It doesn't.

Made up largely of blog type entries which you can read for free (if you're desperate) on any number of nauseatingly brown nosing web sites, this book seems to focus entirely on people congratulating themselves for getting The Wire.

Ignoring the central themes of each series; the futility of the war on drugs, the death of work, the failings of City Hall etc, the contributors to this book don't get much beyond "Wow... isn't Marlo mean?!" and "If I get what Felicia Pearson is saying, does that mean I'm street?"

Please don't buy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 24 Dec. 2012
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Great interviews and analysis by many. 90 per cent or so pro the wire analysis. Little criticism although is it possible to be critical of the greatest tv show ever?
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Really interesting breakdown of the episodes and the wider themes in The Wire. Keep in mind it is almost essentially just the articles from the Guardian website though.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven on 15 May 2011
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I got into the Wire very late, watching all the Series in DVD box set form. As such I missed out on the chance to talk to people about what we were watching as it was happening. This book basically brings that experience to life in what is, in places, a book copied and pasted from the Guardian website.

The people who comment in the book are knowledgeable to a far greater degree and clarified for me a number of details that I didn't know I didn't know!

Basically if you want to fill the hole that you feel when you finish the Wire - this book will keep it alive for a little be longer.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. L. Whyte on 7 Sept. 2010
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This book is great for any Wire fan, it gives yo that extra detailed fix of the social realism that is The Wire. The section sby the writers on the background to The Wire are really interesting. I would only read this after you've watched all 5 series of the programme as the risk of plot spoiling is high.
Not really a book fo rthe casual Wire viewer (if such a thing exists) and a must for the army of committed Wire fans everywhere.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By heath on 9 Feb. 2010
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If you don't know what all the fuss is over this show, then this book could well spark your interest - it is also for already-addicted-hooked-on-wire fans as it explores and illuminates details - as well as interviews with the writers and actors, there are comments from viewers as each series unfolded.
It's a fascinating read, with helpful references - well done to all the contributors!
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