Bob Batchelor is a cultural historian who has written or edited 28 books on media culture; American literature; and music, film, and television. Among his books are John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (2014). He edits five book series for Rowman & Littlefield. Batchelor is the founding editor of the Popular Culture Studies Journal, the official journal of the Midwest Popular Culture Association and a member of the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Popular Culture. Batchelor also serves as Director of Marketing & Media for The John Updike Childhood Home Museum in Reading, PA.

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Latest Book - Available May 2016

This cultural history perspective reveals Mad Men’s critical importance as a TV series, as well as its role as a tool for helping viewers understand how they are shaped by history and culture. With this volume as their guide, readers will enjoy contemplating the show’s place among the most lauded popular culture touchstones of the twenty-first century.
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