Praise for Jonathan Abrams


The Wire is, in all likelihood, the greatest television show in history. It was perfectly written, perfectly cast, perfectly acted. And I didn’t think it could be any better than it is. And yet, somehow, All The Pieces Matter, which allows an unprecedented peek behind the show’s curtain, does exactly that. Imagine getting to talk to Da Vinci before a brush stroke, or getting to talk to LeBron James mid-flight before dunk. That’s what this book is. It’s conversations with its key characters and creators about all of the parts and pieces that went into the show’s staggering ability to turn everything (and anything) into art. Jonathan Abrams is a marvel.” — Shea Serrano, New York Times bestselling author of The Rap Year Book

“Watching The Wire is a transformative experience. It’s a thing you recognize — a TV show, with dialog and characters and stories — but it’s also somehow brand new. Like eating a piece of chocolate cake, and finding it tastes better, and different, than any chocolate cake you’ve ever had. Now Jonathan Abrams, has provided us with the secret recipe, and I am eternally grateful.

This isn’t just a great book about The Wire – it’s a great book about how television is made.”—Mike Schur, creator of The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks and Recreation

“The best book ever written about the art and business of television. You’ve heard of binge watching? This book is binge reading. No matter how much you think you know about The Wire, this book will surprise you.” — Matt Zoller Seitz, Editor-in-Chief of and New York Times bestselling author of The Wes Anderson Collection

“The definitive dissection of television’s most politically meaningful invention.” — Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

The Wire has thoroughly saturated popular culture in a way few television dramas ever have. In their own words, the people involved have given Jonathan Abrams a look at how it happened. You come at a show like this, you best not miss. Abrams doesn’t.” — Charles P. Pierce, author of Idiot America

“Meticulous. Relentless. Occasionally fucking hilarious. The same adjectives you’d use to describe The Wire can also be applied to Jonathan Abrams’ essential oral history of the series. As it turns out, the most humanistic drama in television history was itself rife with compelling characters, complex politics and an excess of whiskey. Abrams tracks down the stories behind every beloved episode with the tenacity of Omar shopping for breakfast cereal.” — Andy Greenwald, screenwriter, critic, and podcaster


“A riveting read that cements Jonathan Abrams’ reputation as one of the world’s best basketball writers.” – Bill Simmons, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Book of Basketball

“A fascinating and unsettling account of what happened to professional basketball when teenagers made their way into a man’s game.”Malcolm Gladwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outliers and David and Goliath

“Will stand as the definitive dissection of an oddly brief, perpetually influential period in the history of NBA labor relations.”Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

“There was much I learned from this book, which covers not only the superstar “kids” like Bryant and Garnett, but also the compelling cautionary tales.” —Jack McCallum, New York Times bestselling author of Dream Team and Seven Seconds or Less

Boys Among Men is as inside as an account can be of the paths of those players, both the famous and the forgotten. It’s not merely a compelling book for any hoops fan, it’s an important one.”David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene

“An indispensable book for anyone who cares about basketball.” George Dohrmann, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Play Their Hearts Out

“Jonathan Abrams has transcended one of the NBA’s great business and moral debates to deftly tell the inside story of the prep-to-pros phenomenon…A marvelous book that will stand the test of time.” Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Times best-author of the selling The Miracle of St. Anthony

“Jonathan Abrams expertly captures this crucial era in basketball history. Yet what makes Boys Among Men so compelling isn’t the high school players who turned out to be future hall of famers, but the stories of all the tragic would-be heroes that basketball has long forgotten.” Dave McMenamin, NBA writer for ESPN