A Pulitzer Prize–winning historian examines transformational leaders from Moses to Machiavelli to Martin Luther King Jr. in this “impressive book” (The Washington Post).
Historian and political scientist James MacGregor Burns has spent much of his career documenting the use and misuse of power by leaders throughout history. In this groundbreaking study, Burns examines the qualities that make certain leaders—in America and elsewhere—succeed as transformative figures. Through insightful anecdotes and historical analysis, Burns scrutinizes the charisma, vision, and persuasive power of individuals able to imbue followers with a common sense of purpose, from the founding fathers to FDR, Gandhi to Napoleon. Since its original publication in 1970, Leadership has set the standard for scholarship in the field.
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Power and Change
The Price of Consensus
The American President as Executive Leader
The Structure of Political Opportunity
The Creation of Followers
Ideas as Moral Power
Heroes and Ideologues
THEORY AND PRACTICE
Toward a General Theory
Political Leadership as Practical Influence
The Spur of Ambition
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