The popular blog The Daily Beast had a recent article on the books featured on the hit television series Mad Men.
We have Mad Men seasons one and two on DVD at the library, and we have some of the books mentioned in the article, such as Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Many of the books on the list are classics that were popular in the early 1960s, and are therefore hard to find. However, the article made me think about highlighting some books in our collection that delve into the culture and style of the Mad Men era and the world of fictional ad agency, Sterling Cooper. If you want to be as cool as Don Draper, pick up one of the following titles:
Books on Vintage style and Retro Pop culture:
In the know: the classic guide to being cultured and cool by Nancy MacDonell.
Hip: the history by John Leland.
Straight up or on the rocks: a cultural history of American drink by William Grimes.
Shaken and stirred: through the martini glass and other drinking adventures by William L. Hamilton.
Found style: vintage ideas for modern living by David and Amy Butler; photographs by Colin McGuire.
As seen on TV: the visual culture of everyday life in the 1950s by Karal Ann Marling.
Books on Advertising History
New American design: products and graphics for a post-industrial age by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Adland: a global history of advertising by Mark Tungate.
Advertising in America: the first two hundred years byCharles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple.
Accept no substitutes!: the history of American advertising by Christina Mierau.
Also, if you want to turn yourself into a Mad Men style character, check out the AMC blog and “Mad Men Yourself”! I did and it looks just swell!
– posted by Sharon Long, Teen Services and Reference Librarian