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Gilbert, whose advertising agency made a small contribution to American economic dominance between 1950 and 1990, has written a memoir that is relevant to marketers, creative professionals, and historians. For most of today's ad agency professionals, however, the book will read like ancient history. Written with optimism and wholesomeness, the narrative makes reference to songs such as "Shine on Harvest Moon," events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, and old-school lux lifestyles that included mink coats. Today's agency types, who favor ironic detachment, may have a difficult time even reading this work, let alone understanding its message. While Gilbert does provide some fragments of the history of business and advertising during a specific era, Mark Tungate's Adland: A Global History of Advertising is a more useful survey. Tungate's lesson that advertising is an incestuous and acquisition-happy industry is different from Gilbert's, who evidently escaped much of the drama that was around him in his day-perhaps because of his optimism and wholesomeness. In contrast, David Ogilvy was a man of his times, yet he wrote a timeless classic that is still fresh today, Confessions of an Advertising Man. Gilbert's book is an optional purchase.