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The Power Elite
The Power Elite
By C. Wright Mills
Oxford University Press, 1956, 423 pp

In the author's view "the war lords, the corporation chieftains, the political directorate"--the choice of terms suggests the temper of the book--interlock to create the American power élite, a system of "organized irresponsibility." While Mr. Mills has his eye upon a number of real problems of American society, his analysis frequently succumbs to rhetorical outbursts and at the end fails to arrive at a convincing diagnosis.