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James MacGregor Burns dies at 95; Pulitzer-winning historian
James MacGregor Burns dies at 95; Pulitzer-winning historian

James MacGregor Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and political scientist who analyzed the nature of presidential leadership and wrote candid biographies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, died Tuesday at his home in Williamstown, Mass. He was 95. His death was confirmed by his companion and fellow historian, Susan Dunn. The longtime Williams College professor helped coin two adjectives now common in politics: "transformational" leaders, or those with a vision to change the world, and "transactional" leaders, those with the cunning to get things done. The words were used constantly during the 2008 presidential race, with the...

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