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C. Wright Mills

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This chapter talks about C. Wright Mills, an untypical American professor of sociology. The ambiguities in Wright Mills's political writings are assisted by the scarcity and selectivity of his facts. It is impossible to tell from The Causes of World War Three whether he would have regarded the Kennedy administration as a reversal or an endorsement of the trends which he describes; it would be equally impossible to draw from it an intelligible account of Eisenhower's role in ending the Korean War and working for a Summit. The latest work on which Wright Mills was engaged was a selection from and commentary upon the Marxist classics. This reflects the degree to which his Leninism was finding its basis in a stereotypical Marxism which inhibited him at precisely the point at which he most needed insight.

Keywords:C. Wright Mills; Korean War; Leninism; Marxist classics; political writings

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