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For decades, television networks cranked out simple, likable entertainment that seldom rose to the level of art. Then in the late nineties and in the dawn of the new century, cable TV screened dramas that earned high praise even from congenitally skeptical critics. Shows like The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and Six Feet Under broke the mold by tackling the complexities of issues such as love and sexuality, the workplace, gray area ethics, and life and death. Martin Brett's Difficult Men gives us our best view yet of this relatively new celebrated and controversial art form with a combination of history, cultural analysis and extensive interviews with its creators. Among those sharing their insights on the new world that they helped concoct are David Chase (The Sopranos), Matthew Weiner and Jon Hamm (Mad Men), David Simon and Ed Burns (The Wire), David Milch (NYPD Blue; Deadwood) and Alan Ball (Six Feet Under.) A major behind-the-scenes view of breakthrough TV.