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

Author: Brett Martin
Publisher: Penguin Press
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We're living in what could very well go down in history as television's brightest golden age. And now, there's a defining book for this era.

Superbly written and reported by GQ correspondent Brett Martin, Difficult Men is a vibrant, revealing, and highly structured look at how showrunners like David Chase (The Sopranos), David Simon (The Wire), and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) changed the game by rewriting all of the rules. In their own unique, daring ways, these men shifted television into an era where complicated antiheroes (e.g., Tony Soprano, Don Draper) became likable protagonists.

As the quotes from said showrunners that Martin gained via countless interviews reveal, the men who created them are just as fascinating and unconventional. —Matt Barone

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