Readers will find many rewards here, chief among them the insights of a sociologist who manages to capture Mill's energy and genius while maintaining a critical tone...Highly recommended.
Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectualsby Stanley Aronowitz
C. Wright Mills (1916–1962) was a pioneering intellectual who transformed the independent American Left in the 1940s and 1950s. Often challenging the established ideologies and approaches of fellow leftist thinkers, Mills was central to creating and developing the idea of the "public intellectual" in postwar America and laid the political foundations for the
C. Wright Mills (1916–1962) was a pioneering intellectual who transformed the independent American Left in the 1940s and 1950s. Often challenging the established ideologies and approaches of fellow leftist thinkers, Mills was central to creating and developing the idea of the "public intellectual" in postwar America and laid the political foundations for the rise of the New Left in the 1960s. Written by Stanley Aronowitz, a leading sociologist and critic of American culture and politics, Taking It Big reconstructs this icon's life and career and the new dimension of American political life that followed his work.
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Aronowitz is telling a great story: the uniqueness of Mill's trajectory through his time and the value of his work for ours. Mill's legacy is rich and timely, and one that fully merits the kind of attention Aronowitz pays it. This book will reintroduce a whole generation of readers to ideas that were once everywhere, and will give those ideas the concrete, stripped-down force they used to have.
Bruce Robbins, Old Dominion Foundation Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
"Stanley Aronowitz -- himself a towering public intellectual today -- has written the definitive book on one of the towering public intellectuals of 20th Century America. Don't miss it!"
Cornel West, Princeton University
Meet the Author
Stanley Aronowitz is the author of several major works, including Against Schooling: For an Education That Matters; How Class Works: Power and Social Movement; The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning; False Promises: The Shaping of American Working Class Consciousness; The Crisis in Historical Materialism: Class, Politics, and Culture in Marxist Theory; and Science as Power: Discourse and Ideology in Modern Society. He is also the coauthor of The Jobless Future: Sci-Tech and the Dogma of Work and Education Under Siege: The Conservative, Liberal, and Radical Debate Over Schooling.
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