I'm a huge fan of Mad Men, the flawlessly produced television series following the intricate lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives and their families in the 1960s. The show is returning for its fifth season this Sunday, March 25, on cable channel AMC.
Don Draper (as portrayed by Jon Hamm) pores over The Chrysanthemum
and the Sword in episode 5 of Season 4 of Mad Men.
image source: nypl.com via amc
Along with complex characters, well-written dialogue, and impeccable fashions and set design, Mad Men features a lot of books. The show's characters are often reading books (Exodus, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, The Best of Everything), recommending books (Atlas Shrugged, Lady Chatterley's Lover), or writing books (Sterling's Gold).
The New York Public Library's Billy Parrott has meticulously put together a list of all the books that were prominently featured in the past four seasons of Mad Men. Titled "The Mad Men Reading List," it's a must-read for fans of the series, especially fans who are book lovers like myself. You can see the list HERE.