Praise for Jonathan Abrams


New York Times bestseller

“A book that is sure to delight… Fans of The Wire can spend hours debating the merits of their favorite characters. The book features incisive recollections by all of them.”Associated Press

“Amazing…the stories Abrams tells deliver the same mix of humor and despair that made The Wire worth writing so much about.”The AV Club
All the Pieces Matter makes for compulsive reading, whether you’re just getting up on The Wire or you know every episode by heart. The Wire is like a book you pick up and reread every few years. Now that book has the perfect companion.”Dallas Morning News

“Excellent….All the Pieces Matter renders the making of The Wire in enough rich detail to please even its most ardent fans….But it’s the time capsule aspect Abrams captures, of The Wire as a product of its particular moment, that may be the book’s most illuminating feature. It is, among its other merits, that vanishingly rare thing: an honest treatment of the fraught relationship between TV as business and TV as art.”—Paste Magazine

“The most serious attempt to contextualize the show as a Great One since its series finale. … Lovers of HBO’s The Wire rejoice: journalist Abrams delivers a comprehensive study of what goes into creating an acclaimed TV show. Abrams indisputably has created a thorough examination of The Wire’s conception, production, and lingering cultural afterlife.” –Publisher’s Weekly

“Delves deep into the show’s creation and enduring legacy through interviews with the actors, writers, and producers who brought the show to life. Whether it’s Dominic West reflecting on the allure of his character Detective James McNulty or actor Michael B. Jordan discussing the lasting impression of being in an ensemble cast of primarily black actors, Abrams underscores the indelible mark the show has left on actors and audience alike. Weaving all the interviews together is the enduring connection between the city of Baltimore and the creators of the show.” –Library Journal

All the Pieces Matter will enrich first watches of The Wire, re-watches of The Wire, and even occasional watches of key scenes from The Wire on YouTube. It’s an amazing companion to the series, no matter your level of familiarity.” – Todd VanDerWerff, Critic at Large for Vox

“Filled with revealing information from the participants, intriguing tidbits, and show trivia, this compendium will have fans scurrying back to their DVD sets.” –Kirkus

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


New York Times bestseller

“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