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Mad Men

The Death and Redemption of American Democracy

Edited by Sara MacDonald and Andrew Moore - Contributions by T. D. Anderson; Barry Craig; Matthew Dinan; Amanda DiPaolo; Peter Augustine Lawler; Dave Snow and John-Paul Spiro

Mad Men captivated audiences with the story of Don Draper, an advertising executive whose personal and professional successes and failures took viewers on a roller coaster ride through America’s tumultuous 1960s. More than just a television show about one of advertising’s “bad boys,” the series investigates the principles of the American regime, exploring whether or not the American Dream is a sustainable vision of human flourishing and happiness. This collection of essays investigates the show’s engagement with the philosophic and political foundations of American democracy. « less more »
Lexington Books
Pages: 206Size: 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
978-1-4985-2696-8 • Hardback • August 2016 • $80.00 • (£52.95)
978-1-4985-2697-5 • eBook • August 2016 • $76.00 • (£49.95)
Sara MacDonald is professor in the Great Books Program at St. Thomas University.

Andrew Moore is associate professor and director of the Great Books Program at St. Thomas University.
Mad Men and the End of History
Chapter 3: Mad Men’s Selective Nostalgia and Uncertain Progress
Mad Men’s Poetic Modernity
Mad Men
Chapter 7: Dante and Don Draper Share a Coke
Chapter 8: Between Past and Future: Promises and Forgiveness in Mad Men
MacDonald and Moore have gathered together beautiful, insightful essays that demonstrate Mad Men’s rightful place in broader political and philosophical debates on human freedom and the ends of modern politics. By examining the personal narratives of the series’ compelling, complicated characters within the context of the American political regime, these authors illuminate the perils, but also the promises of American democracy.
Natalie Taylor, Skidmore College

Sara McDonald and Andrew Moore have compiled a thoughtful and engaging series of essays that examine not only the television show Mad Men, but the American century that was essentially the centerpiece of Matthew Weiner’s narrative. The 1960s was, in many ways, a period of refounding in the United States—with shifts in society, in political participation, our understanding of citizenship, and the role of the United States in the international community. Mad Men: The Death and Redemption of American Democracy ably wrestles with many of the ways to think about this period of refounding, examining our understanding of democracy as it is woven through the narrative arc of the show itself.
Lilly J. Goren, Carroll University