»Brett Martin’s Difficult Men does for the outstanding American TV dramas of recent years what Peter Biskind’s Easy Riders, Raging Bulls did for the great US movies of the 1970s: it’s an entertaining and insightful history of how they came to be made.«
The inside story of how the best TV series of the last 20 years came to be made: Theo Tait about the book Difficult Men: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad by Brett Martin. His review at The Guardian.
»It’s now conventional wisdom that television rather than movies is what people want to watch and where they want to work. This is the book that details how and why this became the case. It’s rare to read something that matches these excellent shows in intelligence and thoughtfulness. But Brett Martin has done it.«
Emma G. Keller
Best non-fiction summer reads: Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad is the perfect reading for the summertime, Emma G. Keller says. Her review of the book by Brett Martin you can read at The Guardian.
»Such turmoil aside, while Difficult Men will inevitably be compared to Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, Peter Biskind’s rollicking look at the creative (and pharmacological) revolution that swept Hollywood in the 1970s, Martin is less interested in documenting behind-the-scenes melodrama than in tracing a wider story arc, the fortuitous confluence of factors that brought about our ongoing television renaissance.«
How the bad guys won: Aaron Gell about the book Difficult Men : Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ by Brett Martin. His review at Salon.