Cross-Examining History: An Interview with James A. Baker, III

Baker Interview at Rice University

Cross-Examining History: An Interview with James A. Baker, III

Talmage Boston is scheduled to interview James A. Baker, III at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy on Friday, November 13, 2015 at 11:30 am.  Click here for more information.

James A. Baker, III, was recognized as “the man who made Washington work” while serving under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. During his twelve years of service—first as White House chief of staff, then as secretary of the treasury and finally as secretary of state—he proved himself the ultimate principled pragmatist in service to our country.

Secretary Baker will discuss the Reagan and Bush administrations in an onstage interview conducted by Dallas-based lawyer and historian Talmage Boston.  The transcript of the interview will be featured in Boston’s upcoming book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers About America’s Past From the Experts, to be published in the spring of 2016 by Houston-based Bright Sky Press.  The book will contain a foreword written by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and thirty-one edited conversations with presidential insiders and esteemed presidential biographers focused entirely on the lives of America’s most significant presidents.

Join the conversation online with #BakerLiveChat.

Cracking the Code on Harper Lee: Atticus through Watchman and Mockingbird

Talmage’s article “Cracking the Code on Harper Lee” was published in the September issue of the Texas Bar Journal. Talmage was one of the first people to read Harper Lee’s novel Go Set a Watchman. He has closely followed other book reviews and controversy among readers who believed that the character Atticus Finch was portrayed as a bigot in Lee’s second book. In this article, Talmage takes a look at all the facts, including the era in which the book was written and the mindset of Atticus Finch as a lawyer in the book. Talmage explains in his review that critics must look at all the facts and have an open mind about race and relationships before dismissing the book as a negative portrayal of a beloved fictional character in American literature. Click here to read Talmage’s review of Go Set a Watchman.

Cracking the Code on Harper Lee

Cracking the Code on Harper Lee




Book Review: “Atticus Finch Still Walks a Righteous (If Winding) Path”

The Washington Independent Review of Books published Talmage Boston’s essay, “Atticus Finch Still Walks a Righteous (If Winding) Path.”  The essay is a book review of Harper Lee’s new novel, Go Set a WatchmanClick here to read the book review.

Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston

Talmage is the author of Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society, the first chapter of which is titled “The Timeless Inspiration of Abraham Lincoln and Atticus Finch.”  Since 2010, Talmage has given speeches all over the country on the subject “What Lawyers Can Learn about Professionalism from Atticus Finch.”

William McKenzie and Talmage Boston: Baseball Remains America’s Game

The July 12 issue of the Dallas Morning News featured a column on how baseball is tied to American culture.  The article was written by Talmage Boston and William McKenzie, editorial director of the George W. Bush Institute.  In their column, they demonstrate how economics, immigration, data/technology, the quest for freedom and equal rights, and even storytelling are all ways in which baseball is connected to American culture.  To read the article about baseball, click here.

Photo By Michael Hogue, DMN

Photo By Michael Hogue, DMN


To Kill a Mockingbird, Dallas Morning News Coverage

The Dallas Morning News covered the influence of the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird.  The coverage featured a side bar that asked local business people how they have been influenced by the book. Talmage Boston was featured in a sidebar with photos of him in his office with his life size image of Atticus Finch and with his signed copy of To Kill a Mockingbird.   Click here to see the coverage of Talmage and his Mockingbird memorabilia.

To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by Harper Lee


What Baseball Can Do for Lawyers

Talmage Boston with Dick Thornburgh

Talmage Boston with Dick Thornburgh

Before serving as Attorney General of the United States under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Dick Thornburgh began life in Pittsburgh. There, early in his childhood, he developed an abiding passion for baseball (in general) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (in particular).  There was a problem though. From the 1930’s through the 1950’s, the Pirates lost more games than any other team in the National League.  Their dismal record over those years somehow didn’t matter to Dick. He still loved his hometown team, and never let his disappointment over heir perennial second division finishes impact his sunny disposition.  (Click here to continue)


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Panel Discussion: Perspectives on America’s Pastime

Panel Discussion: Perspectives on America’s Pastime
Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

George W. Bush Presidential Center
2943 SMU Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75205

Baseball is deeply rooted in the heart of American culture. Spend an evening exploring the sport with a panel of baseball insiders as they discuss their favorite memories and the current state of play. Rediscover your love for the game.  Click here for registration information.  For questions, please contact:

Talmage Boston: Moderator
Baseball historian and Media Member of the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame

Bobby Brown: Panelist
Former New York Yankee player and former President of the American League

Dale Petroskey: Panelist
Former President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and former Executive Vice President for Marketing with the Texas Rangers

Paul Rogers: Panelist
Baseball historian and President of the DFW Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research

Tom Schieffer: Panelist
Former President of the Texas Rangers and a member of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame  

Kevin Sherrington: Panelist
30 year veteran sports columnist for the Dallas Morning News





An Evening with Ken Burns

The Dallas Bar Foundation hosted “An Evening with Ken Burns,” a dinner benefiting the Sarah T. Hughes Diversity Scholarship program.  Talmage Boston led the onstage interview with Ken Burns who is a two-time Emmy Award winner and Oscar-nominated documentarian.  During the interview, Ken Burns discussed his new documentary on the Roosevelts and shared stories about the fascinating political family.  Click here to watch the onstage interview.

“Let’sTalk Baseball,” Great Washington Writers Series Luncheon

Talmage Boston moderated a one-of-a-kind program in Washington, D.C. featuring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, The New York TimesDavid Brooks, ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian, Washington Post’s George Will and USA Today’s Christine Brennan. You can watch or listen at C-SPAN:

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The Odyssey: How the SBOT Annual Meeting has Evolved

This month’s Texas Bar Journal features an article written by Talmage Boston on the evolution of the State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.  The SBOT’s Annual meeting has featured some of the nation’s most prestigious speakers, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, author John Grisham and former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker III.  This year’s Annual Meeting will take place in Austin, Jun. 26-27, 2014.

Click here to read: The Odyssey SBOT.pdf