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Description - The Politics of Truth by John Summers

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195343052
ISBN-10: 0195343050
Format: Hardback
(240mm x 162mm x 24mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 11-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - 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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