The book department of Alpina Business Books/United Press has released a new book: Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems. Few TV series have been received as enthusiastically by the critics as has Mad Men. However, even without the Golden Globe Award and honors from the U.S. Screen Actors Guild, viewers knew there was something special about this series – something deliciously disturbing and thrilling.
From the very first episode, viewers are plunged into the morally ambiguous atmosphere of 1960s corporate and family life. They are presented with attractive characters who commit very unattractive and at times downright immoral acts. But somehow we still care for Don Draper, celebrating when he can find an effective way to sell unhealthy foods, deceive his wife and conceal his real name. Why is that? What is hidden behind the series’ slick facade? Fans of Mad Men – true philosophers – have written this book in search of answers to that question.