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A Mad Men Mixer: The Unofficial TV Geek Army Guide (Season One) [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

A Mad Men Mixer is a crisp and refreshing guide to Mad Men’s intoxicating debut season.

We mix it up and break it down:

The characters
Who is Don Draper? This is the story of Mad Men in many ways, but from there we expand to major players such as Betty Draper, Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, Joan Holloway, and Peggy Olson. But of course we can't neglect those who made Season One a blast, such as Helen and Glen Bishop, Dr. Arnold Wayne, and Lois "ciao ciao" Sadler.

The relationships
So much of the power and resonance of Mad Men comes from how real the relationships feel. Roger and Joan, Don and Rachel Menken and Midge Daniels (and don't forget Betty!), Peggy and Pete. Head back with us and enjoy it all again with sparkling perspective and refreshing insights.

The art of advertising
Rewind and unwind with the Power Moves and Master of the Universe moments that Don unleashes upon Sterling Cooper's clients, and get up close and personal with the creative process, the art of the pitch, and the backstabbing and hobnobbing that's simply a day in the life for the mad men of Madison Avenue. (And don't forget to take off your shoes before entering Bert Cooper's office!)

American life, '60s-style
What was it like to live in New York in 1960? Pretty swell… if you're white and male and a partner at a thriving ad agency. We dial into the demanded conformity and isolation of family life in the suburbs, the smoky and whiskey-soaked office life in Manhattan, and ask fun questions like: how often do Don and Betty brush their teeth?

The history and politics
This is the '60s before they were "The '60s," when the choice was Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy! versus a pre-tricky Dick Nixon for the White House.

The technology
Head back with us to the days when "call waiting" was simply an awkward way of saying you're waiting for a phone call.

The entertainment and arts
What books and movies and TV shows and music were influential to Mad Men's characters?

Moments of hilarity
For a drama, Mad Men certainly delivers its share of comedy. Harry Crane hanging out with Don in his tighty whities? Yes, we have that covered.

Iconic sights and production notes
For the Mad Men obsessives (come on, join the club with us!): filming locations, vintage props, and insight from Mad Men's cast and crew.

Questions and tidbits
From the big picture to the nitty gritty. How does Pete know where to find brand new Sterling Cooper employee Peggy's apartment on the night of his bachelor party? How does Don stay in shape? Where does Joan rank in the Sterling Cooper hierarchy? How have Peggy and Kenny Cosgrove's relationship evolved from the time of Belle Jolie to Topaz in Season Four? We need to know the answers to these things, and we're guessing you do as well!

Product Details

  • File Size: 228 KB
  • Print Length: 143 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Forwerd Media, LLC; 1 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MZHD9Y
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide to the world of Mad Men November 23, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Mad Men is undoubtedly one of the most popular and critically acclaimed TV shows around at the moment. And whether you like the show because of the characters and drama, or because of the period setting and attention to detail, this is the book for you!

I'd never bought a guide to a TV show before, but this Mad Men Mixer was a wise choice. It's a really exceptional guide to the series: full of information and detail but never seeming too dry or dense. Every time I dipped into the book, I found myself reading on and on and on.

Overall, this is a fun and informative guide to one of TV's biggest shows, and I'd say it helped me appreciate the episodes even more. It's really well researched and well written. I was worried in case it just regurgitated the plot of the episodes, but it's not like that at all. It also picks up fascinating things from the background, stuff you might not have noticed without having it pointed out to you. I knew there was a lot of detail in this show, but now I'm just in awe of the whole production.

Can't wait for further volumes about other TV shows as well! Hope this becomes a regular series of guides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure for any big Mad Men fan! September 22, 2011
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Mad Men is a character-driven show set in the 1960's and tells the story of ad man Don Draper and his family, as well as his co-workers at an advertising firm. The show received critical acclaim for its historical authenticity and style. It's won 13 Emmys and 4 Golden Globes. Not to mention it's the first basic cable series (AMC) to win a Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series four years in a row. I am a HUGE fan of Mad Men, and just love Don Draper (Jon Hamm). When I saw this book I knew I had to get my hands on it.

The time, detail, and hard work spent on creating this book is incredibly apparent. It's beautifully written and the editing is superb. And I couldn't believe everything I learned. We get a fantastic view into the culture of the 1960's. It's not a recap of past episodes like an episode guide. Every single episode goes into these categories: The characters, the relationships, the art of advertising, American life, '60s-style, the history and politics, the technology, the entertainment and arts, moments of hilarity, iconic sights and production notes, questions and tidbits.

My favorite parts was the moments of hilarity. I laughed at the episode when Lois Sadler had a crush on Sal Romano. She's a new switchboard operator and listens to his phone calls and learns he might like guys better than gals. LOL. This book showcased the funniest moments. I also loved the technology because it's so outdated in the 60's and one can't help but laugh. But the production notes were fascinating too.

A Mad Men Mixer was the very best book I ever read about any TV show. It's so informative, entertaining, and has so many facts and everything you need to know about this award winning cable television show. I loved this author's witty, clever take on this book and truly enjoyed it. This guide is a treasure for any big Mad Men fan! I can confidently say: 5 stars!
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