Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From the Sopranos and the Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad

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By (author) Brett Martin

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books
  • Format: Paperback | 303 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 22mm | 260g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0143125699
  • ISBN 13: 9780143125693
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 65,131

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A revealing look at the shows that helped TV emerge as the signature art form of the twenty-first century In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the landscape of television began an unprecedented transformation. While the networks continued to chase the lowest common denominator, a wave of new shows on cable channels dramatically stretched television's narrative inventiveness, emotional resonance, and artistic ambition. Combining deep reportage with cultural analysis and historical context, Brett Martin recounts the rise and inner workings of a genre that represents not only a new golden age for TV, but also a cultural watershed." Difficult Men "features extensive interviews with all the major players, including David Chase, David Simon, David Milch, and Alan Ball; in addition to other writers, executives, directors and actors. Martin delivers never-before-heard story after story, revealing how cable television became a truly significant and influential part of our culture.

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Brett Martin is a correspondent for "GQ "and won the James Beard Journalism Award in 2012. His work has appeared in "Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit, " the "New York Times, " "The New Yorker, " and multiple anthologies and publications. He is also a frequent contributor to "This American Life." He lives in New Orleans.

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A "New Yorker" "Book to Watch Out For" A "Vulture" "Beach Read" A "Christian Science Monitor" "10 Best Books of July"