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Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy
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May 30, 11

bookshelves: biography-memoire, business, media-studies, nonfiction
Read from May 25 to 30, 2011

After reading "Ogilvy on Advertising" his memoire Confessions of an Advertising Man seemed lackluster. I expected it to seem extremely dated (assumption of an all male audience, television as a new medium, etc) but I felt that this memoire was far more pretentious than the later work.

It is simply a list of the dos and don'ts of the industry. There are very few anecdotal accounts and no pictures. That was one of the most beautiful, amazing parts of the other book--the life magazine advertisements.

I don't want to give this book less than 3 stars because I can see that it was great in its day and I can see it would have been great if I hadn't read a book with pictures furst. But given the comparison, I would recommend "Ogilvy on Advertising" more.

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