Melissa Maerz
June 25, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Difficult Men

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Brett Martin
publisher
Penguin
genre
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

The title, Difficult Men, isn’t just a nod to the antiheroes in The Sopranos, Mad Men, and Deadwood — it also describes David Chase, Matthew Weiner, and David Milch, the guys who created those shows. Following the rise of great dramas from 1999 to 2013, which he calls ”the third golden age of television,” Martin offers sharp analysis of the advances in technology and storytelling that helped TV become the 21st century’s predominant art form. But his best material comes from interviews with writers, directors, and others who dish about Weiner’s egomania, Milch’s battles with substance abuse, and Chase’s weirdest acid trip ever. B+

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