The Essential HBO Reader (2008)

This book is a comprehensive and compelling examination of one of cable television’s most innovative and popular networks. The Essential HBO Reader looks at every aspect of HBO’s development as a corporation, a creative force, and a brand.

This volume explores the network’s diverse repertoire of programming from drama to comedy to documentaries and sports—including such acclaimed shows as The Sopranos, Sex in the City, Angels in America, America Undercover, and Def Comedy Jam—detailing HBO’s nearly forty-year history and its profound influence on the entertainment industry.

The Essential HBO Reader. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2008; paperback edition 2009 (with Jeffrey P. Jones).
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An important assessment of the original programming HBO has created in the past few decades—how these programs are derived and what impact they have had.  Recommended.
Communication Booknotes Quarterly:
An important collection of scholarly papers on a path-breaking cable network.
American Studies:
Because Edgerton and Jones offer such a thorough treatment of HBO's programming, their volume is a useful addition to a growing number of books about American television in the 'post-network' era.
Robert J. Thompson, Director, Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture, Syracuse University:
Describes the complexities and ambiguities of the channel, its history, its unique business model, and its individual programs. Gary Edgerton and Jeffrey Jones have assembled a dream team of television scholars, some of whom have been paying attention to HBO since its debut in 1972. There are a lot of essay collections about television out there these days—this one’s worth putting at the top of your stack.
Michael T. Marsden, Academic Vice President and Dean, St. Norbert’s College:
Comprehensive and informative on a topic that deserves to be analyzed in-depth.  HBO really did write an important new chapter in television history and has not received the scholarly attention that is its due.
Mary Ann Watson, Professor, Electronic Media, Eastern Michigan University:
Coeditors Edgerton and Jones have added a critical component to the study of television and American culture. The result is a fascinating book that is indeed essential reading for anyone with an interest in media history.
Kathryn Fuller-Seeley, Professor and Associate Chair, Communication, Georgia State University:
In the ever-expanding universe of cable, satellite and digital broadcasting, the authors explore how HBO fights to remain the frontrunner in innovative programming. Essential reading.