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The way we weren’t: what “Mad Men” got wrong

It's tempting, but wrong, to think we are cleverer than previous generations

By Clive James   September 2016

In the second decade of the 21st century, the 20th century has already become a strange land, ripe to be looked back on through television fiction. If you were there, the results often taste wrong, especially if they look right. A mental flavour is hard to re-create; but never mind, because you won’t be around long to object. Trying to be generous as I…

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