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Wired is the most smashing drug book ever written… a cautionary tale for our times… astonishing.”
—Liz Smith, New York Daily News

“A fact-studded life story… Belushi wanted it all and it all was too much… chilling.”
Washington Post Book World

“Woodward follows Belushi from one circle of hell to the next… harrowing… compelling.”
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About the Author

Bob Woodward is an associate editor at The Washington Post, where he has worked for forty-four years. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first for The Washington Post’s coverage of the Watergate scandal, and later for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He has authored or coauthored twelve #1 national nonfiction bestsellers. He has two daughters, Tali and Diana, and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, writer Elsa Walsh.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451655592
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451655599
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew up watching John Belushi on "Saturday Night Live," seeing NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE every year since 1978, reading anything that comes out about him and his generation of comic actors. For the 30th anniversary of his death (which occured on Friday, March 5, 1982), I reread Bob Woodward's WIRED.

It's still a solid piece of reporting. Tragic, straight-forward, unflinching, the book does what it was supposed to do. Belushi's widow Judy wanted to know what happened to John, so she asked Woodward, whose usual beat was Washington, to use his journalistic skills to find out. And he does, with the provision that he could at least write an article about it when he was finished. She didn't care. Just find out. (Originally, Woodward thought he could write a series of Washington Post articles but, as John's manager Bernie Brillstein told him, "John's a book, not an article").

My understanding is that neither Woodward or Judy have spoken to each other in the decades since. Woodward was at first dismayed, but the truth was just too sad and sqaulid.

My only suggestion in addition to this book: don't let it be your only exposure to John Belushi. You'll only get a hint of just how funny and talented he truly was from this book. His entire tenure on "Saturday Night Live" is available on DVD, as well as his greatest and most classic film, ANIMAL HOUSE. The Blues Brothers also still exist on CD and DVD. Judy, his widow, has put out a great book called BELUSHI. Just make sure you get the whole picture because it would be sad if you only saw this side of him. That would be equally as tragic.
(And, please, for the love of God, stay away from the wretched film they made of WIRED. I love Michael Chikliss...
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Although this book has been heavily criticized for showing only the "bad" side of Belushi, I thought it was interesting to read a book other than those his wife wrote. The portrayal of his binges may accurately describe how some people viewed him, if their only interaction with him was on one of those days when he was at the point of going over the edge. The books I read by his wife were very good, very loving yet not in denial of his problems, but this book provided a view from an outsider. Not everyone knew even a glimpse of the nice, normal John Belushi his wife saw, and some people may have only ever remembered him as a drunk or high jerk--because that's all they saw. I didn't judge and still don't--but I think this is an account from the other side that bears consideration.
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Nearly everyone named in this book she be ashamed of themselves and (must) feel enormous responsibility for John's death. Ultimately, we are all responsible for our own actions, but everytime he turned around, someone was either handing him coke or giving him money for it. Including his wife, who knew he had a problem and wanted him to stop but did drugs with him herself. In their quest to 'finish' a movie, directors, producers, co-stars, and friends would keep John supplied with coke to help get the movie made on time. He was a sick man, and no one cared enough about him to actually get him the help he needed. Very sad indeed.
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this is a classic look at life in the Hollywood fast lane. Bob Woodward is, as always, a thorough reporter. Focuses heavily on Belushi's drug use, somewhat less on his impact as a comedy legend. Regardless, one can hardly turn the pages fast enough. a really absorbing read.
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I grew up watching John Belushi on Saturday Night Live and in Animal House. He was so incredibly talented and funny and he was and still is one of my very favorite comic performers. I collected magazines, posters, and the music from the Blues Brothers. He was one of the only performers to have a top rated television show, a top rated movie, as well as a top rated music album.
When Belushi passed away in March of 1982, I was so very sad because I looked forward to what would come next from this legendary comedian. Unfortunately, his decent into drug addiction would result in an untimely and unexpected death.
Woodward's book is a blistering and "no holds barred" look into the wild life and times of John Belushi. His research is meticulous and he doesn't sugar coat anything which is why so many people around Hollywood panned it as being sheer hyperbole. I believe this was because they were in serious denial and felt extremely guilty after Belushi passed away. I don't think many around him realized how bad his addiction was or that it would kill him. Woodward's book is excellent and is a harrowing look into the drug fueled lifestyle that would all but consume Belushi.
Although difficult to read at times, this book is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone who is a fan of John Belushi.
After reading Wired, be sure to read Samari Widow by Judy Belushi. It is a well written book that focuses on Judy's life with John and John the man, husband and comedian rather than John the raging drug addict. It is very heartfelt and well written. There are some great candid pictures of John and Judy as well as the rest of their families.
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