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C. Wright Mills was a radical public intellectual, a tough-talking, motorcycle-riding anarchist from Texas who taught sociology at Columbia University. Mills's three most influential books—The Power Elite, White Collar, and The Sociological Imagination—were originally published by OUP and are considered classics. The first collection of his writings to be published since 1963, The Politics of Truth contains 23 out-of-print and hard-to-find writings which show his growth from academic sociologist to an intellectual maestro in command of a mature style, a dissenter who sought to inspire the public to oppose the drift toward permanent war. Given the political deceptions of recent years, Mills's truth-telling is more relevant than ever. Seminal papers including "Letter to the New Left" appear alongside lesser known meditations such as "Are We Losing Our Sense of Belonging?" John Summers provides fresh insights in his introduction, which gives an overview of Mills's life and career. Summers has also written annotations that establish each piece's context and has drawn up a comprehensive bibliography of Mills's published and unpublished writings.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195343052
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/8/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


New Man of Power   John H. Summers     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 Humanism = Sociology     79
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
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 U.S.     223
Soviet Journal     235
Listen, Yankee! The Cuban Case against the U.S.     243
Letter to the New Left     255
Bibliographical Note     267
The Writings of C.Wright Mills     269
Index     293
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