"Thomas Medvetz has written a terrific study of think tanks--complicated but truly important institutions.... Every academic social scientist should read this book, because it explains how think tanks have helped relegate them to the margins of public debate."
(John Mearsheimer, author of The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy)
"Over the past half century, few developments in the US political system have influenced the content of real legislation more than the rise of think tanks.... Thomas Medvetz provides a much needed and thoughtful analysis of the history and relevance of these important institutions."
(Kenneth Dam, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution)
"Think tanks have become hugely important actors in the Washington policy process, but have also become increasingly political in recent years. Thomas Medvetz's well-researched book will teach you almost everything you ever wanted to know about these ever-changing institutions."
(Tevi Troy, Senior Fellow, the Hudson Institute)
"Succinct, thorough, and masterfully researched, Thomas Medvetz has written a subtle and timely history of these fixtures of public debate in the United States. ...[N]o one has understood, interpreted, then used Pierre Bourdieu's ideas better--so well that Bourdieu himself would have been pleased."
(Charles Lemert, Yale University)
About the Author
Thomas Medvetz is assistant professor of sociology at the University of California, San Diego.