• Title: Taking It Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals
  • Author: Stanley Aronowitz
  • Released: 2014-02-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0231135416
  • ISBN13: 978-0231135412
  • ASIN: 0231135416

Stanley Aronowitz tells a great story: the uniqueness of C. Wright Mills's trajectory through his time and the value of his work for ours. Mills's legacy is rich and timely and fully merits the kind of attention Aronowitz pays it. This book will reintroduce a whole generation of readers to ideas that were once everywhere and will give those ideas the concrete, stripped-down force they used to have.

(Bruce Robbins, Columbia University)

C. Wright Mills is perhaps sociology's clearest and best exemplar of a public intellectual. For more than fifty years, his work has sparked the enthusiasm of students and the commitment of scholars to a sociology that informs self-understanding and big social issues. In Taking It Big, Stanley Aronowitz puts Mills in context, identifies the theoretical perspective behind his classic works, and demonstrates Mills's intellectual relevance to today's politics.

(Craig Calhoun, president, Social Science Research Council, and University Professor and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University)

Rich in insight and scholarship.... Aronowitz has added positively to the literature on Mills and the American post-war Left with this fascinating study.

(Paul Reynolds Marx & Philosophy Review of Books)

Readers will find many rewards here, chief among them the insights of a sociologist who manages to capture Mill's energy and genius while maintaining a critical tone...Highly recommended.


a tour de force of public intellectual achievement on one of the world's most important thinkers

(Working USA)

The main value of the book is its contribution to the revival of interest in Mills and its encouragement to social scientists to follow Mills's project of studying "up" by addressing big theoretical problems and by identifying ways in which power operates.

(Barbara A. Misztal American Journal of Sociology 1900-01-00)


Stanley Aronowitz -- himself a towering public intellectual -- has written the definitive book on one of the towering public intellectuals of twentieth-century America. Don't miss it

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