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Is there anything you would change about this book?
The number ONE thing is that the book only talks about Mad Men up until the end of Season 3... although we know there was ultimately seven seasons. This means that a lot of the essays just end in speculation on the development of the characters, without being able to comment with insight on what actually happens.
This also means that the book is really, REALLY missing some of the pivotal moments later in the show - namely Don's eventual spiritual awakening which makes him the ultimate Mad Man (i.e. that Coke ad), and Roger's search of authenticity after taking LSD.
While the book does make some good points about philosophy, tying some of the characters into ancient and contemporary thinking, some of the essays read like they have been put together by full-time philosophers who have only seen the first few episodes of the show. The first episode, 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes' is referenced approximately a thousand times more than any other episode in the book - although there are better examples of what the writers are trying to convey even in the first three seasons.
This book could have been a timeless commentary if it had actually been written by philosophers who were fans of the show, and they had waited until the show's end to publish. Instead, it comes across as a fast cash-in that simply skims across some of the show's themes.
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