Abraham LincolnSMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility is cosponsoring an appearance by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 12, 2009, the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

McPherson, the author of Tried By War: Abraham Lincoln as Commander in Chief, will speak and sign his book at a luncheon at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel, 400 Crescent Court, Dallas. McPherson will discuss the strategy and wit that led to Lincoln’s recognition as one of the greatest presidents and commanders-in-chief of all time, despite his lack of prior military experience.

Tried By War was published in October 2008. McPherson’s Pulitzer-winning work, Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era, was published in 1998.

The luncheon is cosponsored by the State Bar of Texas, the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth and PricewaterhouseCoopers. For more information, visit the Maguire Center website.