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Abe Lincoln Fans: Listen Up!

For all you Abe Lincoln aficionados out there, this might just the thing to spice up your day. Only in Washington, right?

Ford’s Theatre Society is hosting a book discussion and signing with author Dan Van Haften on December 28 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.

In the book, the authors argue that it was Lincoln’s in-depth study of geometry that gave the sixteenth president his verbal structure. Though Lincoln’s fascination with geometry is well-documented, most historians have concluded that his study of the subject was little more than mental calisthenics. But the authors conclude that Lincoln embedded the ancient structure of geometric proof into the Gettysburg Address, the Cooper Union speech, and the First and Second Inaugurals.

Tickets are free but must be reserved. See here for details… Tickets may be reserved in person at the Ford’s Theatre Box Office, at www.fords.org/event/author-talk-dan-van-haften 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.

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