Edward Shils

The Torment of Secrecy (Paperback)

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Edward Shils's The Torment of Secrecy is one of the few minor classics to emerge from the cold war years of anticommunism and McCarthyism in the United States. Mr. Shils's "torment" is not only that of the individual caught up in loyalty and security procedures; it is also the torment of the accuser and judge. This essay in sociological analysis and political philosophy considers the cold war preoccupation with espionage, sabotage, and subversion at home, assessing the magnitude of such threats and contrasting it to the agitation--by lawmakers, investigators, and administrators--so wildly directed against the "enemy." Mr. Shils's examination of a recurring American characteristic is as timely as ever. "Brief...lucid... brilliant."--American Political Science Review. "A fine, sophisticated analysis of American social metabolism."--New Republic. "An excitingly lucid and intelligent work on a subject of staggering importance...the social preconditions of political democracy."--Social Forces.

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Edward Shils's The Torment of Secrecy is one of the few minor classics to emerge from the cold war years of anticommunism and McCarthyism in the United States. Mr. Shils's "torment" is not only that of the individual caught up in loyalty and security procedures; it is also the torment of the accuser and judge. This essay in sociological analysis and political philosophy considers the cold war preoccupation with espionage, sabotage, and subversion at home, assessing the magnitude of such threats and contrasting it to the agitation--by lawmakers, investigators, and administrators--so wildly directed against the "enemy." Mr. Shils's examination of a recurring American characteristic is as timely as ever. "Brief...lucid... brilliant."--American Political Science Review. "A fine, sophisticated analysis of American social metabolism."--New Republic. "An excitingly lucid and intelligent work on a subject of staggering importance...the social preconditions of political democracy."--Social Forces.The Torment of Secrecy (Paperback)

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Publisher
Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
ENG
Number of Pages
259
Author
Edward Shils
Title
The Torment of Secrecy
ISBN-13
9781566631051
Publication Date
February, 1996
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
156663105X

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