["The Ultimate Guide to the Declaration of Independence" is one of two new books by co-author Dan Van Haften of Batavia. He will discuss these works at the next Books Between Bites at noon Feb. 15 in Batavia.]
Tomell: You've been researching Jefferson for another book?
Van Haften: That's going to be a multivolume [work]. We read 19,000 letters. We found 700 instances where Jefferson used this structure to make arguments. We are planning some further publications and throughout those we want to tell a significant story of American history in a different way.
Tomell: Talk about your second book, 'Barack Obama, Abraham Lincoln, and the Structure of Reason.'
Van Haften: I was able to get a copy [of our first book] to President Obama. [He or his speechwriters] started using Lincoln's structure. We analyzed his speeches including the Gabrielle Giffords speech [and a speech about] Osama bin Laden. We demarcated them according to this structure.
Tomell: Where can people find your works?
Van Haften: It's on Amazon and the standard places – both electronic and print. For a wealth of information, [visit] www.thestructureofreason.com.
If you go
WHAT: Books Between Bites
WHERE: Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia
WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 15
COST: Free admission; people may bring lunch or purchase items at Chapters Coffee House and Cafe inside the library
INFO: 630-482-9157, booksbetweenbites.com