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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. Hirsch co-authored the technology column for the American Bar Association Journal for over a decade. The idea for this book came from a column he co-authored for the ABA Journal in 2007. 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. He began his career with AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1970, and retired from Alcatel-Lucent in 2007. His work involved software development and system testing on telecommunication systems.
"A brilliant study. . . . The authors conclusively demonstrate how
the self-taught Lincoln mastered Euclidean Geometry and used
Euclid's elements in his most famous speeches, including the
Gettysburg Address and the Cooper Union Address. Understanding
geometry helped organize Lincoln's mind, his writing, and his
political skills. To David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften, all students
of Abraham Lincoln and our democracy are indebted."--Frank J.
Williams, Chair, The Lincoln Forum, and Retired Chief Justice of
the Supreme Court of Rhode Island
"Lincoln and the Structure of Reason offers a wholly new angle on Lincoln's brilliance.""--James M. Cornelius, Curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
"No one has examined Euclidian logic alongside Lincoln's rhetorical and written construction as thoroughly as Mssrs. Hirsch and Van Haften, and the results are startling. We continue to shed our shopworn image of Lincoln as a low-gear country lawyer as we learn more about his cases, and now with this study we see a wholly new angle of his brilliance -- which nevertheless must keep us wondering, How did Lincoln do it? Picking apart his Cooper Institute speech for its inner structure, for example, they reveal how deeply Lincoln had imbibed the classical principles of organization, and how it made him the lawyer and politician he was. Hirsch and Van Haften also offer a guidebook not just for attorneys bent on the same self-improvement, but the simple tools for anyone to do as Lincoln did: learn how to learn, and then demonstrate the rightness of your position."--James M. Cornelius, Curator, Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum