The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address

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November 2016
Trade paper, 10 x 7
Images, charts, 64 pp.
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Abraham Lincoln’s November 19, 1863, Gettysburg Address is generally recognized as one of the greatest leadership speeches ever written. The Ultimate Guide to the Gettysburg Address explains the 272-word speech more thoroughly than any book previously published. With the aid of colorized step-by-step diagrams, the authors deconstruct the speech into its basic elements and demonstrate how the scientific method is basic to the structure of the Gettysburg Address.

Lincoln’s fascination with geometry is well documented. Authors David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften, however, are the first to discover and then demonstrate Lincoln’s use of the six elements of a proposition and then diagram and explain how his in-depth study of geometry helped him compose the Gettysburg Address. The result is a deeper and richer understanding of the Gettysburg Address that was not previously possible. This concise color examination of one of our nation’s most treasured and important speeches is perfect for all ages and especially for those interested in history, the use of language, and logic.



"Once again, Hirsch and Van Haften illuminate a signal strength of Lincoln's rhetoric, and thus his legacy: his careful yet simple construction of reasoned speech. The influence of Lincoln, and the influence of the duo's first book upon current political figures, is now demonstrated as well. This new volume is another remarkable achievement."

--James Cornelius, curator of the Lincoln Collection,
       Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

"The authors in their deconstruction of Lincoln's Gettysburg declaration have helped make it a looking glass for America. David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften deserve commendation for their continued analysis of Lincoln's literary work through the 'Structure of Reason.' Always illuminating, the authors discuss the six elements of a proposition; enunciation, exposition, specification, construction, proof, and conclusion in language we can all understand. It is another great contribution to the Lincoln bibliography."

--Frank J. Williams, founding chair of The Lincoln Forum
      and president of The Ulysses S. Grant Association and Presidential Library

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 “small town” law practice, Hirsch was a columnist 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. Hirsch co-authored Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason and Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason. For more information, see The Structure of Reason. 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. Co-author of Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason and Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason. For more information, see The Structure of Reason.