In six psycho-socio-political essays, independently published and without any view to their future assemblage, a new kind of thinking is added to the familiar dimension. This thinking rests upon the behavior of ""status groups""- that is groups which have emerged more recently upon the political scene, and which seek prestige by the imposition of older, conservative patterns. Such an approach veers sharply from the accepted methods of political analysis in terms of ""the role of the electorate structure, of democratic tradition, and of interest groups, sectional or class"". McCarthyism, a dead horse which is nevertheless cudgeled- in passing, is treated here mainly as a focus of ideas and a source of illustration. If there is any identifiable core subject matter- it is to observe how and why the right is emerging in ever-stronger forces; the fate of surviving liberals trapped between their abandoned past and their agonized isolation in today's body politic; the uses of Communism by all other elements to adjust and level off the changing structure of the political community...The Authors include the editor, Richard Hofstadter, David Riesman, Nathan Giazer, Peter Viereck, Talcott Parsons, and Seymour Martin Lipset. An important event among Partisan Review type intellectuals and academic politicos of any brand.