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The New Men of Power: America's Labor Leaders Paperback – July 16, 2001

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Praise for the original 1948 edition: "The New Men of Power is a brilliant, original, and provocative work, genuinely democratic and boldly radical in its character... I have not read for a long time any book which in its main bearings casts more valuable light on the tensions of American society or which is more stimulating and fruitful in its challenges to the reader." -- Arthur Schlesinger Jr. "C. Wright Mills has written a book in total opposition to such current inclinations as quietism, ideal-community building, advocacy of "preventive" atomic war, a truce with the right because of fear of Stalinism... We owe him a considerable debt of gratitude for having tried, in a time of depressed silence, to reopen a discussion of politics." -- Irving Howe, Partisan Review Praise for the Illinois paperback edition: "This reissue of a classic in labor sociology, with Nelson Lichtenstein's superb introduction, could hardly be more timely. C. Wright Mills's insights into the dilemmas and dynamics of union leadership are often as relevant today as they were in the late 1940s. And now, more than half a century after this powerful study first appeared, a new generation of unionists is emerging that may yet fulfill Mills's hopes--so deeply disappointed in the years after The New Men of Power first appeared--for labor-centered progressive social change." -- Ruth Milkman, director of the Institute for Labor and Employment, University of California at Los Angeles

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (July 16, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 025206948X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252069482
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,864,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard J. Gibson on April 6, 2013
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Mills called the labor bosses, who sell the pacified work of their members to the Big Bosses in exchange for the forced extraction of dues income, "whores of power." Labor bosses make big bucks for this: Nea's president made $465,000 in 2011 and lives on his expense account. If anything, things only got worse, but Mills had it decades ahead of nearly everyone. Unions are not what people think they are. Union bosses do not believe in the reason most people join, or are made to join, unions--the contradictory interests of employees and employers. Now, in this full blown corporate state, the labor tops openly proclaim the unity of company leaders, government heads, and the union hacks, both in imperialist projects and wars against their members, concealed as "concessions will save jobs." Unions do not unite people, but divide them by industry, job, often race, class, and importantly, nation, as the AFL-CIO and NEA work together with the CIA in front groups like the National Endowment for Democracy targeting leftists outside the US on the theory that workers in the US will do better if other workers do worse---akin to the founding ideas of the AFL. Read Mills, then go on to other classics like Scott's Yankee Unions Go Home, or, The Torment and Demise of the United Auto Workers Union. Just don't try to by-pass Mills!
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