Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers

Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers

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Tinderbox tells the exclusive, explosive, uninhibited true story of HBO and how it burst onto the American scene and screen to detonate a revolution and transform our relationship with television forever.

The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, The Wire, Succession…HBO has long been the home of epic shows, as well as the source for brilliant new movies, news-making documentaries, and controversial sports journalism. By thinking big, trashing tired formulas, and killing off cliches long past their primes, HBO shook off the shackles of convention and led the way to a bolder world of content, opening the door to all that was new, original, and worthy of our attention.

In Tinderbox, award-winning journalist James Andrew Miller uncovers a bottomless trove of secrets and surprises, revealing new conflicts, insights, and analysis. As he did to great acclaim with SNL in Live from New York; with ESPN in Those Guys Have All the Fun; and with talent agency CAA in Powerhouse, Miller continues his record of extraordinary access to the most important voices, this time speaking with talents ranging from Abrams (J. J.) to Zendaya, as well as every single living president of HBO—and hundreds of other major players.

Over the course of more than 750 interviews with key sources, Miller reveals how fraught HBO’s journey has been, capturing the drama and the comedy off-camera and inside boardrooms as HBO created and mobilized a daring new content universe, and, in doing so, reshaped storytelling and upended our entertainment lives forever.

Title:Tinderbox: HBO's Ruthless Pursuit of New Frontiers
ISBN:9781250624017
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  • Richard Guion

    This is a long, long oral history of the cable channel HBO (and now a streaming service, HBO Max). It is an exhaustive look at all aspects, from a small beginning in the 1970s, trying to cable up a fe...

  • Paul Davidson

    I love HBO. So I was fascinated to get a look behind the so-called curtain of entertainment history and get a better understanding of just how HBO came to be. It's an enthralling history of one of tod...

  • Bill

    In the beginning there was darkness upon the land. On the first day appeared NBC, CBS and ABC and God said that it was good. On the second day appeared HBO and God said “Just how long do I have to w...

  • Lauren

    Basically been mainlining HBO for 25 years, so it was quite interesting to read the behind-the-scenes bits about bringing everything to production, the pitches, and writing processes.Particularly enjo...

  • Todd

    I thoroughly enjoyed Miller's books on SNL and ESPN. This, however, was a long slog to get through. 70% of the book deals with corporate mergers and the power struggles of executives no one has ever h...

  • David

    It took me nearly two months to read TINDERBOX, James Andrew Miller's exhaustively researched oral history of HBO. Not because the book was slow or tedious, but because I happened to pick it up during...

  • Jordan Lauterbach

    This is the best book I've read in at least two years. Let's start with the obvious- the length. It's 975 pages. No, not 700 pages with 200 pages of notes, sourcing, and bibliographic material. Its 97...

  • Kris Roedig

    Exactly the type of book I love. Oral histories from multiple perspectives is simply fascinating to me. I have seen a LOT of reviews complaining about how boring the book is, especially in the beginni...

  • Daniel Krolik

    An amazingly exhaustive oral history of one of our great cultural signifiers. A lot of talk about business mergers and (ugh) sports, but also some amazing accounts of the production and programming pr...

  • sam

    got about 50 pgs in and decided to just skip to the parts about hbo shows and skimmed through the rest. its wayyy too dense and it feels like you have to dig through so much just to find a few notable...