The Mirror Makers

A History of American Advertising and Its Creators
Author: Stephen Fox
Paper – $33
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1997
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About the Book

Stephen Fox explores the consistently cyclical nature of advertising from its beginning. A substantial new introduction updates this lively, anecdotal history of advertising into the mid-1990s.

About the Author

Stephen Fox, a freelance writer, is the author of Big Leagues: Professional Baseball, Football, and Basketball in National Memory, Blood and Power: Organized Crime in Twentieth-Century America, and other books. Fox lives in Somerville, Mass.


"A fascinating account of what well may be this country's most characteristic institution."--Andrew Hacker, New York Times Book Review

"Academic masterpiece."--Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men

"You don't have to be in the life to relish this mosaic portrait of the art-craft-business-profession that has mirrored and also shaped American culture since 1880."--Publishers Weekly

"I've used this book in my undergraduate and graduate classes for more than five years. It's an engaging treatment of a dynamic subject, and students warm to it quickly."--Kim B. Rotzoll, author of Advertising in Contemporary Society: Perspectives Toward Understanding

"Arguably the best general history of advertising."--New York Review of Books