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"To some historians Professor Burns is a fine political scientist. To some political scientists he is a fine historian. In fact, he is the best of both disciplines....

"Many other writers throughout history have analyzed leadership. What is impressive about this new study is the range of Burns' reading about both Western and non-Western civilizations, his freedom from cultural bias, the insights he derives from his own observation of and participation in American politics, and his willingness to grow intellectually...."An impressive book. Although Burns is sophisticated about the frailties of people, "Leadership "is also an optimistic book. He ends his study with these words: 'That people can be lifted "into "their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership and the moral and practical theme of this work.'"--Walter Johnson, "The Washington Post""Beyond his past major contributions to our understanding of the American political system, in this new book James MacGregor Burns demonstrates that he is not only one of America's outstanding political scientists but a major social philosopher as well. This volume, combining vivid biography, dramatic history, and political theory, woven together in an engrossing fabric, impresses one with its probing insights into the complexities, inconsistencies and the interrelationships among the various parts of the American social, political and economic system. Burns shares his observations and a comprehensive analysis of the dynamic gestalt that is the American political system and nonsystem, and compares it throughout history with the political systems and the revolutions of other nations...."This is an important book, a book thatcombines an analysis of the past and a penetrating observation of the present with implications for the future stability of American democracy."--Kenneth B. Clark, "City News"

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