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The West Wing Script Book

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This volume contains six scripts from the hit NBC show The West Wing - winner of 17 Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series. The show has won the Producers Guild Award, Directors Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Golden Globe, Humanitas Prize and the Peabody.
Paperback, 406 pages
Published June 3rd 2002 by Newmarket Press (first published June 2002)
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Rachel C.
Loved, LOVED The West Wing (the Sorkin years). Besides being smart entertainment, it really helped me hold on to my political idealism through the soul-destroying Bush administration.

Aaron Sorkin is my god. "Two Cathedrals" just gives me chills. You can tell how much his writing drove the show - even in this bare bones form, the personalities and the action come blazing through. While I don't generally condone recreational drug use, if that's what Sorkin needs to write like this, I say let him h
Graham Milne
Aaron Sorkin has famously remarked that a writer's job is to captivate you for however long he (or she) has asked for your attention. Consider us captivated, sir. The West Wing Script Book is a selection of the best teleplays from the series' first two seasons (including the masterful "Two Cathedrals," which James Lipton once described without too much hyperbole as "the finest hour of television ever produced"). These then are the polished, elegant drafts of those hours - the crisp, perfectly pa ...more
Jul 05, 2008 Runa added it
Great book. Seen all the episodes, but it was still great to read Aaron's short-but-witty little intros to each script. Also loved his dedication, especially, "And Tommy did some things". Great snippet of a conversation he had with Martin Sheen, haha XD
I dunno, it was a good read, but I do wish we'd had more background info, you know, random trivia, what was going through his mind as he wrote it.
I also noticed some errors, so I take it these weren't the edited scripts? (Seeing as Charlie appea
Jul 11, 2012 T added it
i feel like i'm in a minority of people who enjoy reading scripts for recreation.

i loved the show & figured that there was no reason i wouldn't enjoy reading the shooting scripts themselves & i was right. it's like watching the tv show when you don't have a tv; you can hear the episodes play out as you read each meticulously crafted line. there are also chapters where sorking explains rather candidly, what was going on during the writing & production of the episodes contained in the
Reece Roberts
A great red for all TV lovers and want to be writers.
I absolutely love, love The West Wing. So when I got the two script books for Christmas, they were immediately on my to-be-read pile. I've seen the episodes so many times I could hear the voices in my head, which I guess is a little scary. But an amazing book of scripts.
Adih Respati
Gift from my friend Raymond and Evie. Contains eight episode from Season 1 and 2 --Pilot (Season 1) and In The Shadow of Two Gunmen (2 parts, Season 2). The introduction slipped in a short conversation between Sorkin and Sheen --funny conversation.
That Sorkin can write! I read these scripts and watch this show over and over again. I hope one day to be able to write this well, but for now all I can do is imitate, and poorly at that.
This book is a collection of scripts. A great read, shows how good the writing to this series was.
When I bought the book, I thought it was about bird watching! The title is confusing to readers.
Phillip Morledge
One word... superb. A master class in the art of TV writing.
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Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an American screenwriter, producer and playwright, whose works include A Few Good Men, The American President, The West Wing, Sports Night and The Farnsworth Invention.

After graduating from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre in 1983, Sorkin spent much of the 1980s in New York as a struggling, largely unemployed actor. He found his pa
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