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“I do not seek applause, nor to amuse the people, I want to convince them.” —Abraham Lincoln

Advance Praise for The Tyranny of Public Discourse:

"I knew for sure the six elements of a proposition really worked when I started receiving student writing assignments. Not every student was at the same sophistication level, but each had significantly improved persuasive writing skills. Writing a six element proposition takes away the 'I feel' and focuses on the 'I know.'"
Jon Parrott, High School U.S. History Teacher, Urbandale, Iowa


David Hirsch is an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. He has a BS from Michigan State University, and a JD with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law. He clerked for an Iowa Supreme Court Justice from 1973-1974. In addition to a diversified law practice, Hirsch wrote for the American Bar Association Journal for over a decade.
Hirsch is admitted to practice in all Iowa state trial and appellate courts, plus:

United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
United States Court of Claims
United States Tax Court

Dan Van Haften lives in Batavia, Illinois. He has BS, with high honor, and MS degrees in mathematics from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. His career with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1970. He retired from Alcatel-Lucent in 2007. He worked on
telecommunication software development and system testing. Van Haften presently writes full time.

            The authors in Gettysburg November 2010,
                 for the premier of their first book.