In Mad As Hell, Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times recounts the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen. The movie was the creation of Paddy Chayefsky, the tough, driven, Oscar-winning screenwriter whose vision-outlandish for its time-is all too real today. Itzkoff uses new interviews with the cast and crew, as well as Chayefsky's notes, letters, and drafts to re-create the action in front of and behind the camera. He also speaks with today's leading broadcasters and filmmakers to assess Network's lasting impact on television and popular culture. They testify to the enduring genius of Paddy Chayefsky, who foresaw the future and whose life offers an unforgettable lesson about the true cost of self-expression.
Dave Itzkoff is a culture reporter at "The New York Times," where he writes regularly about film, television, theater, music, and popular culture. He has previously worked at "Spin," "Maxim," and "Details," and his work has appeared in "GQ," "Vanity Fair," "Wired," and other publications. He is the author of two previous books, "Cocaine's Son" and "Lads." He lives in New York City.
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