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Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals

Stanley Aronowitz


C. Wright Mills (1916–1962) was an intellectual who transformed the independent American Left in the 1940s and 1950s. Often challenging the established ideologies and approaches of fellow leftist thinkers, Mills was central to creating and developing the idea of the “public intellectual” in postwar America and laid the political foundations for the rise of the New Left in the 1960s. This book reconstructs this icon's formation and the new dimension of American political life that followed his work. It revisits Mills's education and its role in shaping his outlook and intellectual restlessness. ... More

Keywords: C. Wright Mills, American Left, public intellectual, American New Left, American political life, anti-war movements, American democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780231135412
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231135412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stanley Aronowitz, author