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Tapping into <I>The Wire</I>: The Real Urban Crisis

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Did Omar Little die of lead poisoning? Would a decriminalization strategy like the one in Hamsterdam end the War on Drugs? What will it take to save neglected kids like Wallace and Dukie? Tapping into 'The Wire' uses the acclaimed television series as a road map for exploring connections between inner-city poverty and drug-related violence. Past Baltimore City health commi ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published August 15th 2012 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Dachokie
Sep 03, 2013 Dachokie rated it it was ok
Shelves: sociology
Please Leave “The Wire” Alone …

This book was reviewed as part of Amazon's Vine program which included a free advance copy of the book.

I believe HBO’s “The Wire” is arguably the best television series ever made. Ironically, I was in the midst of re-watching season 2 of the series when I started reading Peter Beilenson’s TAPPING INTO “THE WIRE”. I always felt that the show served as an eye-opener for those wondering about the problems facing many large American cities and was anxious to see the an
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Lynn
This is a book by a doctor who takes a look at the social problems addressed in The Wire and applies them to what he knows about Baltimore and urban areas of the United States. The problem is that most of the problems the author addresses are widely known and he deals with them too shallowly to really get a grasp of the seriousness of the situations. The tie ins to the TV show is pretty tenuous too. Still it may be good for film students who are studying the show in college course.
Kerri
Jul 07, 2013 Kerri rated it it was ok
I was completely absorbed in the first couple chapters, but Beilenson lost me towards the end. I was excited by the dissection of "The Wire" to open up conversation about the "real urban crisis". I enjoyed the way that the author designed each chapter as a social issue presented by events from the show. However, I can see how some of the touched upon issues were a stretch from the actual show. As the book progressed, it seemed to be more focused on the authors work and accomplishments as the ...more
Brian DiNitto
Jul 08, 2013 Brian DiNitto rated it it was amazing
A great way to continue the discussion about violence, addiction, child needs in our society. It is easier to talk about within this fictional context, but no less important.
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