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on June 12, 1998
Mills, who died in 1962, provides the reader with an astute, insightful look at the power elite in America. Although many of his references are to people in prominence some 50 years ago, Mills' construct of the upper echelon in America withstands the test of time, prefiguring the military/corporate/governmental trinity of today. If anything, the trends Mills observed during his day, beginning with the advent of Truman's National Security State, have become more salient and pronounced over the years.
I heartily recommend this book to anyone who desires an in-depth examination of the power base in this country and how it came to be. During Mill's short, turbulent life he devoted himself to stripping away the pretense of mid-twentieth century sociology, in favor of working toward a practical sociology based on the individual and his relationship contextually to the institutional structures defining his life. Mills believed that individual ills mirrored the greater sickness of the general society, as represented in its power organization, and that the relationship between the two maladies was causal.
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