Books by James MacGregor Burns

FIRE AND LIGHT by James MacGregor Burns
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"An impassioned, big-picture primer ideal for college students."
The great ideas and personalities of the Enlightenment condensed and compressed for accessible consumption. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 29, 2009

"Tendentious history in service of a reform bound to go nowhere."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian claims that John Marshall got it spectacularly wrong: "It is emphatically the province and duty of the American people, not of the nine justices of the United States Supreme Court, to say what the Constitution is." Read full book review >
GEORGE WASHINGTON by James MacGregor Burns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"A great president, then, if with a few blemishes. Good reading for students of the office and the time."
George Washington: a so-so general, at least at the start; a capable politician, even if he didn't particularly enjoy pressing the flesh. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"It is a call for boldness and courage in public life, written with a passion the authors find so missing in Clinton."
Pulitzer-winning historian Burns (Univ. of Maryland; Government by the People, 1997, etc.) and political scientist Sorenson (Williams Coll.) offer a dyspeptic deconstruction of the Clinton presidency. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Stodgy and disappointing, especially given the authors' track record and the continuing urgency of rights at home and abroad. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
Few subjects deserve thoughtful or provocative treatment more than the Bill of Rights, enacted 200 years ago. Read full book review >
Released: April 18, 1989

Burns' survey of American history (The Vineyard of Liberty, 1981; The Workshop of Democracy, 1985) concludes with this densely packed but less-than-profound volume covering the period from the Roosevelt era to the present. Read full book review >