Ann Arbor, Michigan: The University of Michigan, Center for Research on Conflict Resolution, 1964. Preprint, first edition. Preprint, 218 mimeographed pages in metal-clipped folder binding. Title page has pulled free from the metal clips; chipping to paper title block on front folder panel. Near-fine. Item #78
The preprint of Thomas Hayden’s (1939–2016) intellectual biography of C. Wright Mills, Radical Nomad: Essays on C. Wright Mills and His Times, published by Routledge in 2006. Hayden was an American social and political activist, author, and politician, perhaps best-known for his role in the radical social movements of the 1960s. After co-authoring the charter manifesto of new Left radicalism, the “Port Huron Statement,” in 1962, Hayden would complete his biography of influential sociologist and elite theorist C. Wright Mills at the University of Michigan in 1964, exploring Mills’s scholarship and activism and the ideas and thinkers that influenced him. Mills (1916–1962) was a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962, and was widely published as a social theorist and commentator throughout his life. Mills authored many important works, including White Collar: The American Middle Classes (1951), The Power Elite (1956), and The Sociological Imagination (1959). Mills is today recognized as a leading elite theorist whose works (including The Power Elite) analyzed the effect of elite social structures on modern American society and the ordinary citizen.