The Torment of Secrecy: The Background and Consequences of American Secruity Policies [NOOK Book]

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Edward Shils's The Torment of Secrecy is one of the few minor classics to emerge from the cold war years of anticommunism and McCarthyism in the United States. Mr. Shils's "torment" is not only that of the individual caught up in loyalty and security procedures; it is also the torment of the accuser and judge. This essay in sociological analysis and political philosophy considers the cold war preoccupation with espionage, sabotage, and subversion at home, assessing the magnitude of such threats and contrasting it...
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Overview

Edward Shils's The Torment of Secrecy is one of the few minor classics to emerge from the cold war years of anticommunism and McCarthyism in the United States. Mr. Shils's "torment" is not only that of the individual caught up in loyalty and security procedures; it is also the torment of the accuser and judge. This essay in sociological analysis and political philosophy considers the cold war preoccupation with espionage, sabotage, and subversion at home, assessing the magnitude of such threats and contrasting it to the agitation—by lawmakers, investigators, and administrators—so wildly directed against the "enemy." Mr. Shils's examination of a recurring American characteristic is as timely as ever. "Brief...lucid... brilliant."—American Political Science Review. "A fine, sophisticated analysis of American social metabolism."—New Republic. "An excitingly lucid and intelligent work on a subject of staggering importance...the social preconditions of political democracy."—Social Forces.
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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Reprint of the Free Press edition of 1956 with a new (16 p.) introduction by Daniel P. Moynihan. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New Republic
A fine, sophisticated analysis of American social metabolism.
Social Forces
An excitingly lucid and intelligent work on a subject of staggering importance.
American Political Science Review
Brief...lucid...brilliant.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461720607
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 2/1/1996
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 259
  • Sales rank: 1,043,288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Edward A. Shils was distinguished service professor of sociology at the University of Chicago until his death in 1995. He founded the journal Minerva and co-founded the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and was widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential social thinkers.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
Foreword 9
1 Publicity, Privacy and Secrecy: Their Equilibrium and its Disruption 21
2 Two Patterns of Publicity, Privacy, and Secrecy: The United States and Great Britain 36
3 The Changing World 61
4 The Deeper Sources 77
5 The Strain of Politics 105
6 The Deformation of Civility 153
7 The Autonomy of Science 176
8 Political Discourse and the Sense of Affinity 192
9 The Private Sphere 201
10 The Protection of Security 208
11 Pluralistic Politics 225
12 Ideological Politics 231
13 A New Alliance 235
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