Burns | Biographer of American Presidents

I learned to write biographies from Burns.

James MacGregor Burns is a famous American writer. He was born August 3, 1918 in Melrose, Mass. and died on July 15, 2014.

I don’t want to talk about the book. I am reminded of a biographer of American presidents. He taught me many things. I’m inspired. And want to be like that. Who’s he?

I admire this American biographer. How does he pursue a field, in such a way, so that he is proficient in his field. I learn from himThe creative process of writing a book equals three dollars by researching (research). Writing habit builds capacity. 

Burns proved, accustomed to writing biographies of American presidents, he became an expert in the field of leadership (presidency).

Write a book worth three dollars by researching (research). Writing habit builds capacity. Burn proved, accustomed to writing biographies of American presidents, he became an expert in the field of leadership (presidency). Ability cannot beat habit.

Me, in 2019. Being a co-author for Professor AB Susanto, who is known as an expert in the field of strategic management. We read and researched hundreds of books and practices on world leadership, across the centuries. The results of our research and reading are contained in the Handbook of Servant Leadership, a book with numbers: 376 pages.

Interesting thing. The truth is, Burns is a biographer –just like me and you. Accustomed to reading and writing, he became “rich”. In such a way, so many gains. Then from that knowledge, it proceeds like theory and science which is dialectic. Burns then analyzed the characteristics and characteristics of the leadership of American presidents. And combine intellectual exercise with political science, history, psychology, and philosophy.

He wrote and published more than 20 books. Burns is best known for his two-part biography of the US President. Franklin D. Roosevelt, 2nd volume, Roosevelt: The Soldier of Freedom (1970).

For his outstanding writing, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Prize. Burns majored in political science at Williams College, Williamstown, Mass. (BA, 1939), before working in Washington, DC, as a congressional aide.

After serving as a historian on the subject of army combat during World War II, he completed his doctorate (1947) in government science from Harvard University and did postdoctoral work at the London School of Economics.

Like theorists and scientists who have dialectics. Burns then analyzed the characteristics and characteristics of the leadership of American presidents. And combine intellectual exercise with political science, history, psychology, and philosophy.

He later became an academic and joined the faculty at Williams College, where he taught political science until his retirement in 1986.

Burns’ first book, Congress on Trial: The Legislative Process and the Administrative State (1949), was followed by his first biographical volume, Roosevelt: The Lion and the Fox (1956). 

However, Burns failed to run for office in the House of Representatives in 1958. After all, grief brings joy. In the campaign process, he became acquainted with John F. Kennedy. Two years later, he published the biography John Kennedy: A Political Profile. Burns Street is just that. Born to write. And become a writer as well as an expert in management and ethics in the field of government politics.

What is the wisdom of the footsteps and example of Burns?

For me, this is the only thing that is important to note: Writing builds competency. Writing biographies of America’s presidents, Burns became an expert on leadership. It’s okay because it’s normal.

Burns’ other works include the classic texts Leadership (1978), The Power to Lead: The Crisis of the American Presidency (1984), and Fire and Light: How the Enlightenment Transformed Our World (2013).

We have brought Burns’ work and examined it on the discussion table. And mother breed.

Our point is: write a book worth three dollars by researching (research). Writing habit builds capacity. Burn proved, accustomed to writing biographies of American presidents, he became an expert in the field of leadership (presidency). Ability cannot beat habit.

Today, if you do a study on the topic of leadership, then Burns is one of the names that is never forgotten. He is one of the leadership experts of this century.

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