Charles Wright Mills (1916-1962) was a famed sociologist, social commentator and critic. Noted for his anti-authoritarian, flamboyant character and radical ideas, he has been described as an ‘American Utopian’ – committed to social change, angered by the oppression he saw around him, and critical of what he saw as evidence of U.S. imperialism. His legacy includes a series of classic books – including The Power Elite, White Collar, and The Sociological Imagination -- and he has made a distinctive contribution to American sociological theory, especially in the area of class, power and social structure.
Irving Louis Horowitz is Hannan Arendt Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Political Science at Rutgers University. In addition to having edited two volumes of C. Wright Mills’s papers, he has written previously on Mills for The American Journal of Sociology, Studies on the Left, History of European Ideas, and The Antioch Review.