WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ford’s Theatre Society hosts a book discussion and signing with author Dan Van Haften on December 28, 2012, at 4:30 p.m., at Ford’s Theatre (511 Tenth Street, NW). Van Haften and David Hirsch co-authored Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, a compelling study of the structure of Lincoln’s communications and how he applied his analytical and persuasive talents to his speeches. Following the discussion in the theatre, Van Haften will sign copies of the book in the Ford’s Theatre lobby.

For more than 150 years, historians have speculated about what made Abraham Lincoln great. How did Lincoln create his iron logic, his compelling reason, his convincing oratory and his memorable writing? In Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason, authors David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften persuasively argue, for the first time, that it was Lincoln’s in-depth study of geometry that gave our sixteenth president his verbal structure. Although Lincoln’s fascination with geometry is well-documented, most historians have concluded that his study of the subject was little more than mental calisthenics. In fact, conclude the authors, Lincoln embedded the ancient structure of geometric proof into the Gettysburg Address, the Cooper Union speech, the First and Second Inaugurals, his legal practice and much of his substantive post-1853 communication.

Tickets are free but required and may be reserved in person at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, at or through Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787 (Ticketmaster fees apply). Seating is available on a first-come basis. Books will be available for purchase on site at the Ford’s Theatre Gift Shop.

Ford’s Theatre Society
Since reopening in 1968, more than a hundred years after President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Ford’s Theatre has celebrated Lincoln’s legacy and explored the American experience through theatre and education. Under the leadership of Director Paul R. Tetreault, Ford’s Theatre has been recognized for the superior quality of its artistic programming. From the nationally acclaimed Big River to the world premieres of Meet John Doe, The Heavens Are Hung In Black and Necessary Sacrifices, Ford’s Theatre is making its mark on the American theatre landscape. For its accomplishment, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts. For more information, visit


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