George Parker's book is a rollicking tale revealing what the Mad Men (in the popular TV series, or "Advertising Men" in Ogilvy parlance) were up to beyond the "drama" in the office. Often this type of book is the gospel of the managing partner at the ad agency as part of their campaign to be acquired by a larger agency. That's not this book - it would be at home right next to your biographies of Keith Richards, Mick Jagger or other Rockers leaving a trail of alcohol, cocaine, ruined vehicles, and one hell of a good time.
Disclaimer: like many rock bios the language is not safe for work. Mr. Parker clearly calls out the f***tards, dou*** nozzles and wank3rs (Amazon tolerates no profanity in reviews) with no fear. Anyone in Advertising or Marketing is well familiar with the tired statement that "half of all your marketing spend is wasted, you just can't tell which half." This book makes it clear (and the author has no problem telling his major accounts) that more like 90% of it is wasted, much of it on booze, 5 Star restaurants and junkets around the globe to capture video for 30 second spots, the majority of which ends up on the cutting room floor.
This is a fantastic book covering an amazing expanse - from his riding over to the US via ocean liner and meeting Ogilvy himself to get into the industry, through a stint back in Europe as "Agency Fireman" back to the Bay Area during the pre-internet explosion fueled by Dell, Compaq, Larry Ellison, the first coming of Jobs, and others. The stories are humorous and astounding - my favorite was the author, his buddy, and his pilot getting drunk and crashing their plane into the ocean and nearly dying while trying to get a shot for a cookie ad. Wrapping up with commentary on social media and the future of the industry, this is the most entertaining book you'll find on the subject.