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"A classic...the first full-scale study of the structure and distribution of power in the Unites States by a sociologist using the full panoply of modern-day sociological theory and methods."--Contemporary Sociology
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review by . January 03, 2013
The "new edition" of this edition of this 1950's social science classic is nothing more than a reprint with a short 15-page critical essay from 2000 tacked on the end.  What it really needs is a real and extensive updating to be read as anything other than a work limited by and to the time and place of its creation. I first read The Power Elite as a student of history and government in the late 1970s, when much of the criticism and commentary that Mills aimed at the economic, …
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