Difficult Men The title, Difficult Men , isn't just a nod to the antiheroes in The Sopranos , Mad Men , and Deadwood — it also describes… Difficult Men The title, Difficult Men , isn't just a nod to the antiheroes in The Sopranos , Mad Men , and Deadwood — it also describes… 2013-07-03 Nonfiction Penguin
Book Review

Difficult Men (2013)

Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution by Brett Martin
Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution by Brett Martin
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Jul 03, 2013; Writer: Brett Martin; Genre: Nonfiction; Publisher: Penguin

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+

Originally posted Jun 19, 2013 Published in issue #1265 Jun 28, 2013 Order article reprints
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