In this classic study C.Wright Mills offers and astute and insightful look at the power base in American and how it came to be. Mills despicts the style of life of the mend and women at the upper echelons and the military/corporate/governmental trinity of pwer. Mills examines the nature of the mass society of which these higher circles, from celebrities to the high-ranking military officers, politicians to corporate exectuvies, constituted the elite. leading sociologist and author Alan Wolfe writes a new Afterword which assesses Mills's thesis against the current climate of American elitism, analysing Mills as a social critic and social scientists, and how the different camps of power have shifted in the late twentieth century.

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