Mad Men Mania

The fifth season of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning drama debuts on AMC, with a 2 hour premiere Sunday, March 25 at 9pm ET/PT.  On Sunday, April 1 Mad Men will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT.  It made history last September as the first basic cable series ever to win the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in four consecutive years.

The series is set in the 1960s, what were Americans reading back then?  Some of the bestsellers were:


The Agony and the Ecstasy   by Irving Stone

Franny and Zooey   by J.D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird   by Harper Lee

The Winter of Our Discontent    by John Steinbeck

The Reivers    by William Faulkner

Dearly Beloved   by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The Shoes of the Fisherman    by Morris L. West

The Spy Who Came In From the Cold   by John Le Carre

Up the Down Staircase    by Bel Kaufman

The Man With the Golden Gun    by Ian Fleming

Valley of the Dolls    by Jacqueline Susann

The Adventurers   by Harold Ribbins

The Confessions of Nat Turner    by William Styron

The Chosen    by Chaim Potok

Airport    by Arthur Hailey

The Salzburg Connection    by Helen MacInnes

The Tower of Babel    by Morris L. West

Preserve and Protect    by Allen Drury

Portnoy’s Complaint   by  Philip Roth

The Godfather   by Mario Puzo

The Andromeda Strain    by Michael Crichton

Naked Came the Stranger    by Penelope Ashe

The House on the Strand   by Daphne du Maurier

The Love Machine   by Jacqueline Susann

Christy   by Catherine Marshall


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich   by William L. Shirer

Travels With Charley    by John Steinbeck

The Joy of Cooking   by Irma S. Rombauer

Profiles in Courage    by John F. Kennedy

In His Own Write   by John Lennon

Reminiscences   by General Douglas MacArthur

A Moveable Feast   by Ernest Hemingway

A Thousand Days    by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

The Making of the President, 1964    by Theordore H. White

In Cold Blood   by Truman Capote

Death of a President    by William Manchester

Edgar Cayce-The Sleeping Prophet    by Jess Stearn

The Peter Principle    by Laurence J. Peter

My Life and Prophecies   by Jean Dixon