Talcott Parsons about the same book noted: "Finally, it should be mentioned
that in this, as in some of his previous writings, Mills' general tone
toward both men and institutions is sharply caustic. The Power
Elite certainly purports to be an exposition and an explanation of
what has been happending in American society, but it is equally an indictment.
There is no pretense of even trying to maintain a sceintific neutrality;
the book is a fiery and sarcastic attack on the pretensions of the "higher
circles" in America either to competence in exercise of their responsibilities
or to moral legitimation of their position...In his combination of often
insightful exposition and analysis, empirical one-sidednes and distortion,
and moral indictment and sarcasm, Mills reminds one more of Veblen than
of any other figure; that he has attained the stature of Veblen I question,
but the role he is cutting out for himself is similar."
--Talcott Parson, World Politics, Volumte 10, Issue 1 (Oct., 1957), 123-143