Have you wondered what it would be like to live in the advertising world depicted on AMC’s award-winning drama series Mad Men? Former copywriter Andrew Cracknell gives us an inside look with The Real Mad Men: The Renegades of Madison Avenue and the Golden Age of Advertising.
Written from firsthand experience and featuring beautiful photographs from the era, this book explores the history of modern American advertising, the movers and shakers of the industry, and how the “golden age” business culture of the 1960s treated women and minorities. This title has great appeal for fans of Mad Men, as well as anyone with an interest in advertising.
For a more psychological take on the show, try Mad Men on the Couch: Analyzing the Minds of the Men and Women of the Hit TV Show. Author Dr. Stephanie Newman delves into the minds of each main character and discusses issues like sexism, identity, parenting, and homophobia through a modern lens. And don’t worry about psychological jargon – Newman employs a light and accessible tone. This highly recommended title is as informative as it is entertaining and makes each character come to life.
And just for fun, check out The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook: Inside the Kitchens, Bars and Restaurants of Mad Men by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin. This fully illustrated book highlights many of the meals and cocktails seen on the first four seasons of the show, along with brief episode summaries that place each recipe in its historical context. The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook is a must-read for any serious Mad Men fan.