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 Mad Men: A Cultural History (2016), John Updike: A Critical Biography (2013) and Gatsby: The Cultural History of the Great American Novel (2014).
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.
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.