The Politics of Truth: Selected Writings of C. Wright Mills

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Oxford University Press, USA, Sep 11, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 296 pages
Here are 23 essays, interviews, and public letters representing the best of C. Wright Mills's "politics of truth." The first collection of Mills's writings to be published since 1963, these essays show how America's best known sociologist grew into a representative for dissenters in Europe, Latin America, and Europe, and was posthumously declared one of the three most influential figures in the international Left by the CIA. First published in Evergreen Review, Harper's, The Nation, Dissent, and New Left Review, these out-of-print and hard to find writings show Mills's growth from academic sociologist to intellectual maestro in command of a mature style, in search of an independent radical public to oppose the drift toward permanent war. Seminal papers including "Letter to the New Left" appear alongside notably prescient but lesser known meditations like "Are We Losing Our Sense of Belonging?" Historians interested in United States foreign policy and in the Latin American Left will find Mills's cogent and probing thoughts on these subjects, sociologists and engaged members of the citizenry who analyze the relationship between culture and politics will find no less incisive essays on these topics. John Summers provides both a new introduction to this book, including an overview of Mills' life and career, as well as annotations that restore each piece's context.
 

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On Crackpot Realism Under-studied but profoundly influential intellectual of the 20th century. No grand theories, or metaphysical insights, C. Wright Mills just tells it like it is. This new volume of ... Read full review

Contents

New Man of Power
3
The Powerless People The Role of the Intellectual in Society
13
The Intellectual and the Labor Leader
25
Sociological Poetry
33
Contribution to Our Country and Our Culture A Symposium
37
On Intellectual Craftsmanship
43
Thorstein Veblen
63
IBM plus Reality plus HumanismSociology
79
A Pagan Sermon to the Christian Clergy
163
The Man in the Middle
173
The Big City
185
Culture and Politics The Fourth Epoch
193
The Cultural Apparatus
203
The Decline of the Left
213
On Latin America the Left and the US
223
Soviet Journal
235

Are We Losing Our Sense of Belonging?
87
The Conservative Mood
95
Mass Society and Liberal Education
107
On Knowledge and Power
125
The Power Elite Comment on Criticism
139
Science and Scientists
155
Listen Yankee The Cuban Case against the US
243
Letter to the New Left
255
Bibliographical Note
267
The Writings of C Wright Mills
269
Index
293
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John H. Summers is the author of Every Fury on Earth and a Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.

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