The Torment of Secrecy: The Background and Consequences of American Secruity Policies

The Torment of Secrecy: The Background and Consequences of American Secruity Policies

by Edward Shils
     
 

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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

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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 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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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.
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566631051
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
02/01/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
259
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.69(d)

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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