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The Clock that Had no Hands And Nineteen Other Essays About Advertising   By: (1878-1947)

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In "The Clock that Had no Hands And Nineteen Other Essays About Advertising", Herbert Kaufman delves into the intricate and often controversial world of advertising. Known for his expertise in the field, Kaufman offers a collection of insightful essays that provide a comprehensive examination of the industry's inner workings.

One of the most captivating aspects of this book is Kaufman's ability to blend his personal experiences with a thorough analysis of advertising's historical context. Through his vivid storytelling, he brings to life the challenges and triumphs faced by professionals in this dynamic field. From examining advertising's evolution over time to highlighting the ethical dilemmas faced by advertisers, Kaufman's writing offers a thought-provoking exploration of the subject.

One key strength of this book lies in its ability to cater to a wide range of readers. Both advertising professionals and curious outsiders will find value in Kaufman's essays. For those in the industry, the author's astute observations and practical advice prove invaluable. Novices, on the other hand, will appreciate the accessible language and the book's ability to lay bare the intricate workings of an industry often shrouded in mystery.

Kaufman's deep understanding of the advertising world is further exemplified through his exploration of the societal impact of advertisements. In several essays, he delves into the manipulation techniques employed by marketers, shedding light on their effects on consumer behavior. By questioning the ethical implications of advertising, Kaufman prompts readers to critically examine the role of advertisements in shaping our beliefs, desires, and even our identities.

However, the book's strength in offering diverse perspectives can also at times be a weakness. Some readers may find the switch in topics abrupt or overwhelming, as Kaufman rapidly moves from discussing the psychology of consumerism to dissecting the creative process behind advertising campaigns. Although this wide-ranging approach provides breadth to the book, it may leave readers wishing for a more focused exploration of certain subjects.

Despite this minor drawback, Kaufman's thought-provoking essays and lucid writing style make "The Clock that Had no Hands And Nineteen Other Essays About Advertising" an engaging and educational read. This book succeeds in pulling back the curtain on the advertising industry, revealing both its darker aspects and its potential for positive change. Whether you are already immersed in the world of advertising or simply curious about the pervasive influence of advertisements in our society, Kaufman's collection of essays offers a wealth of knowledge and valuable insights.

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[ Transcriber's Note: Every effort has been made to replicate this text as faithfully as possible, including inconsistencies in spelling and hyphenation; changes (corrections of spelling) made to the original text are listed at the end of this file. ]

The Clock that Had no Hands

And Nineteen Other Essays About Advertising

By Herbert Kaufman

New York George H. Doran Company






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