Now the complete story is told and the technique is revealed. This is the one Obama book everyone should read. It is the one book on how to craft a persuasive speech that everyone needs.
Authors David Hirsch and Dan Van Haften show precisely how President Obamaâs 2011 speeches have the same structure used by Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address (and in virtually all of Lincolnâs great speeches). The authors summarize and analyze President Obamaâs speeches and demonstrate how structure conveys meaning. Hirsch and Van Haften broke âLincolnâs codeâ regarding how Lincoln wrote his speeches, identifying and explaining this unique structure in Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason (November 2010). Now, they reveal President Obamaâs use of this same structure and how it is easier to understand, and more straightforward than Lincolnâs.
This book not only tells the story and explains the technique. It lists links to video of the Obama speeches discussed. Read it, see it, and understand it. A short analysis before each speech points out unusual or special structural characteristics. After each speech is a summary of its contents derived from the structure.
Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason presents an easy to understand, new perspective on the modern presidency. It provides tools everybody can use in their daily life. Anyone who needs to persuade can use these tools to save time, be sharper, and be convincing.
About the Authors: David Hirsch is an attorney in Des Moines, Iowa. He has a bachelor of science from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate, with distinction, from the University of Iowa College of Law. He clerked for an Iowa Supreme Court Justice from 1973-1974. Hirsch was a columnist for the American Bar Association Journal for over a decade.
Dan Van Haften has a bachelor of science, with high honors, and masterâs degree 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. Dan lives in Batavia, Illinois. Website: http://www.thestructureofreason.com
"This is a brave book and a fine sequel to their Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason. The authors dissect President Obamaâs speeches finding the same geometric patterns used by Abraham Lincoln. Obama is enamored with the 16th president, especially with his communication and leadership skills. The current Chief Magistrate is trying to achieve what Lincoln observed in his debates with Senator Stephen A. Douglas, â. . . public sentiment is every thing.â The authors reveal Obama as a man with great intellect and not afraid to test ideas or try to work out problems. This volume is invaluable in trying to understand President Obama as well as ourselves."
- Frank J. Williams, founding Chair of The Lincoln Forum and recently retired Chief Justice of the Rhode Island Supreme Court
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