A recommendation from Michael Bierut in Design Observer led me to Where The Suckers Moon: The Life and Death of an Advertising Campaign. For anyone who is interested in advertising and especially if you are in any sort of creative consulting field like design, I recommend it. Like many of the best journalism books, it reads like a novel, with rich detail and great characters.
Several times as I read it, I winced in recognition of the situation the ad guys find themselves in, namely the battles/trials between organizations: one that is set up to be maverick and creative, the other a conservative industry.
The book gets bonus points for a chapter featuring one of my design heroes Tibor Kalman (albeit one that has him in a pretty unflattering (yet truthful) light).
If you get this book, don’t read the back cover. It gives away a crucial plot point! (Grrr).
Spoiler alert! My only complaint is that, as the relationship devolves between the companies, it isn’t quite as detailed as the start of the relationship. I would have liked more reportage on how things broke apart. But that’s a quibble.