The Politics of Truth

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

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Us
  • 0195343042
  • 9780195343045
  • 835,916

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a skilfully crafted overview of the context of Mills' life and work ... provides a fresh perspective on Mills' intentions and focus as a radical cultural critic. * Susan Murphy, Political Studies Review *
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About John Summers

Summers was a lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University from 2000-2007. In addition to writing essays for periodicals such as the Journal The Gettysburg Review, The Nation, The New York Times Book Review, he is the author of a forthcoming biography of Mills (OUP).
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Table of contents

PREFACE ; INTRODUCTION: NEW MAN OF POWER, BY JOHN SUMMERS ; 1. The Powerless People: The Role of the Intellectual in Society ; 2. The Intellectual and the Labor Leader ; 3. Sociological Poetry ; 4. Contribution to Our Country and Our Culture: A Symposium ; 5. On Intellectual Craftsmanship ; 6. Thorstein Veblen ; 7. IBM plus Reality plus Humanism = Sociology ; 8. Are We Losing Our Sense of Belonging? ; 9. The Conservative Mood ; 10. Mass Society and Liberal Education ; 11. On Knowledge and Power ; 12. The Power Elite: Comment on Criticism ; 13. Science and Scientists ; 14. A Pagan Sermon to the Christian Clergy ; 15. The Man in the Middle ; 16. The Big City ; 17. Culture and Politics: The Fourth Epoch ; 18. The Cultural Apparatus ; 19. The Decline of the Left ; 20. On Latin America, the Left, and the U.S. ; 21. Soviet Journal ; 22. Listen, Yankee! The Cuban Case Against the U.S. ; 23. Letter to the New Left ; BIBLIOGRAPHICAL NOTE ; BIBLIOGRAPHY: THE WRITINGS OF C. WRIGHT MILLS
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