We KNOW you’re going to miss Mad Men but since the Mad Men era demonstrates so much of our political and social history we thought we’d offer you this reading list to get you through until the show returns. Thanks to Billy Parrott and the New York Public Library for sharing. Comment below with additions, too.
These titles are a great way to gain insight into the episodes and the social and cultural times in which the series is set. Like the set and costume design, the literary choices of the show really add a stamp of authenticity. Dipping into these classics is also a great way to help with withdrawals while waiting for new episodes to air.
Some of the titles are featured prominently in the series and others are mentioned in passing. Remember the book Sally read with her grandfather at bedtime? The book on Japanese culture the agency was told to read? The scandalous book the ladies passed between each other in secret? You can find all these and more!
Also included at the end of the list is a “You might also like” section of related books and movies.
Do you have any favorite Mad Men books or literary quotes from the show? Please share!
For those of you who are not on Twitter here is the current book list:
Meditations in an Emergency – Frank O’Hara
The Best of Everything – Rona Jaffe
Confessions of an Advertising Man – David Ogilvy
Babylon Revisited and Other Stories – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Chrysanthemum and the Sword – Ruth Benedict
Exodus – Leon Uris
Ship of Fools – Katherine Ann Porter
Lady Chatterley’s Lover – D.H. Lawrence
The Sound and the Fury – William Faulkner
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Agony and the Ecstasy – Irving Stone
The Group – Mary Mccarthy
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire – Edward Gibbon
You might also like:
From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor – Jerry Della Femina
Advertising in America: The First 200 Years – Charles Goodrum and Helen Dalrymple
Revolutionary Road – Richard Yates (also check out this great post).
Revolutionary Road – DVD
The 1960s – John Peacock
The Male Mystique: Men’s magazine Ads of the 1960s and ’70s – Jacques Boyreau
A Double Scotch: How Chivas Regal and the Glenlivet Became Global Icons – F. Paul Pacult
Bye Bye Birdie – DVD
Furniture & Interiors of the 1960s – Anne Bony
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit – Sloane Wilson
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit – DVD
Producing Fashion: Commerce, Culture, and Consumers – edited by Regina Lee Blaszczyk
AMC download files
by Billy Parrott, Librarian, Battery Park City Branch, New York Public Library