The play by play on a few months in the advertising business has a long (Wakeman to Morgan, etc.) rather than illustrious...

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The Detroiters

The play by play on a few months in the advertising business has a long (Wakeman to Morgan, etc.) rather than illustrious descent, commutes from Madison Avenue to the midwest, and follows David Manning from the time when he becomes Account Supervisor of Coronado Motors. The sixty thousand dollar job is his because of his ability to bring with him a popular television show, but it has liabilities as well:- the sell-out of illusions and ideals, the ease-out of the one man he could call a friend. A ""loner"", Dave turns to Jackie, whom he loves protectively, Jackie who had been a call girl and gives in to her compulsion to whore again. The president of Coronado dies, and, with his successor, the account is opened to solicitation by four agencies. Dave submits his presentation and does the best job, but even so is ""tattooed, finessed"" and given a fast ride out with a promotion he finally refuses... Maybe not highminded, but readable- and there should be a certain masculine sponsorship.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1958

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Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1958