Pulitzer Prize-winning author James MacGregor Burns passed away this week at the age of 95. Winner of the National Book Award in History and Biography, Burns was a passionate writer and political scientist. His biographies of major presidents, including his award-winning Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom, took a detailed look at leadership and the role of the president.
Burns was fervent in his beliefs on national reform and his criticisms of America's governmental systems are still applicable in today's political debates. He was allowed unfettered access to some of the nation's most influential men as an informal adviser to many presidents.
His book Leadership continues to be taught in classrooms around the country, and it hasn't been out of print since its publication in 1971. His theory on transformational leadership has been the basis of more than 400 doctoral dissertations.
You'll learn more about James MacGregor Burns in his obituary in the New York Times.