I am looking for reference recommendations on the Glashow-Weinberg-Salam theory of electroweak symmetry breaking. In particular, I am looking for a discussion of the $SU(2)\times U(1)$ gauge symmetry "breaking" and its connection to the Higgs phenomenon. I am familiar with the discussions in Ryder's Quantum Field Theory and Halzen & Martin's Quark and Leptons, but I am looking for more detailed references (at the advanced grad student level) on this matter that go into detail concerning the calculations. Any books, online reviews, or articles would be greatly appreciated.
Your question is actually unclear, as it instantly multiplexes into four quite different questions, which I will not spend time to parse. Before any discursive bloviations I'll send you to
- a classic, ISBN-13: 978-0521476522, Dynamics of the Standard Model by J Donoghue, E Golowich, B Holstein, a bare minimum for particle theorists.
Now for the bloviation: A better alternative to your "pragmatic" references for pro-forma introductions include
M Schwartz , ISBN-13: 978-1107034730 , Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model
T P Cheng & L L Li , ISBN-13: 978-0198519614 , Gauge Theory of elementary particle physics
JB Zuber & C Itzykson , ISBN-13: 978-0486445687 , Quantum Field Theory
TD Lee, ISBN-13: 978-3718600335 , Particle Physics and Introduction to Field Theory
E Abers & B Lee 1973 "Gauge theories" Physics Reports, 9(1), pp.1-2
and, literally, dozens of equivalents. They've done yeoman's duty in educating thousands. On the off chance you are really asking about radiative corrections, a starting point might be
- W Hollik 1990 Hollik, Wolfgang FL. "Radiative Corrections in the Standard Model and Their Rǒle for Precision Tests of the Electroweak Theory." Fortschritte der Physik/Progress of Physics 38, no. 3 (1990): 165-260