Dan Weinberg: “You’re finding Lincoln, then, as an exemplar of oratory, as a teaching tool. Is this a how to book?”
David Hirsch: “It’s definitely a how to book, it's a detective story, but it has application, I think, to every human being, not only people who want to argue persuasively, but people who want, who need, and we all do, to detect when someone is cheating in their argument…”
2011 Dan Van Haften Chicago WGN Radio 720, "The Sunday Papers", book discussion with Rick Kogan.
2011 David Hirsch Speech at National Archives II (video).
2010 Virtual Book Signing (at Abraham Lincoln Book Shop). December 10 (Part 1) December 10 (Part 2) December 10 (Part 3) December 10 (Part 4)
Despite the title of this section, everyone is welcome. This section contains real life experiences of people applying Abraham Lincoln’s oratorical genius according to the Euclidean revelations in Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason.
Bill Funchion, an adjunct instructor in English, emailed this message to a group after listening to Dan Van Haften's presentation at Waubonsee Coummunity College:
Dan Van Haften, co-author of Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, gave a scholarly and priceless presentation at Waubonsee Community College last night.
Persuasive communication is both complex and powerful. Those who wish to become persuasive communicators should contact him. He may be the most knowledgeable communicator that I have ever met. You may contact him at email@example.com
All best wishes,
Using Lincoln's method will not enable everyone to give a Gettysburg Address. For one thing, not everyone has the opportunity. But the technique can make it easy to organize an oral presentation. Dan Van Haften used the technique (pre-publication) in a short presentation to a subcommittee of the Batavia City Council, and to the Kane County Board. Of course it also helps to be on the "right side" of the issue. If the issue is close, Lincoln's Euclidean technique can have its biggest impact.
The writer and the Speaker
Mr. Speaker! Public Discourse is changing!
January 1, 2012, Macabbee's Deli in Des Moines. Shortly before the Iowa Caucus.
It was one of the most exciting conversations David Hirsch has ever had:
Photograph by Dr. Alan Koslow
Newt Gingrich walked in three minutes early. That is unheard of. Bill Clinton used to be at least two hours late (at least when I saw him). Other candidates average at least 30 minutes late.
The Speaker started shaking hands, maybe three seconds a person. I was about the fourth person he shook hands with. I thanked him for his clarity on the middle east, then told him I wanted to give him a copy of a book about Lincoln that I co-authored, pulling it out as I talked. He looked at the cover, and asked, "Is this the book on geometry?" I said, "Yes." He said, "I have the book on my Kindle. It completely changed the way I give speeches." He said he would accept the book only if I endorsed it. I opened the book to the already endorsed title page.
The six elements explained in a straightforward, interesting manner: Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason