Lawyer, Historian, Baseball Fan, Writer – Cross-Examines History

Talmage Boston Stage Interview with Michael Duffy

Talmage Boston Stage Interview with Author Michael Duffy

By Mark Curriden, The Texas Lawbook (Oct. 6, 2016) – Talmage Boston had just finished kindergarten when a neighbor in Houston introduced him to the world of baseball cards.  Boston spent hours absorbing the statistics on the back of the cards.  Horrified that her son was wasting time and brain cells on frivolous matters, Boston’s mother, who was a school teacher, found a possible solution: she bought her son trading cards with presidential photos on the front and information about their time in the White House on the back. Read full article here: Talmage Boston Lawyer Historian Baseball Fan 

“It gave me two passions,” Boston says. “That’s how my love for baseball and presidential history came to me. It was all in the cards.”

Cross-Examination: From Courtroom to Stage to History Book

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

Like many Baby Boomers, watching Perry Mason on TV in the early 1960s became a favorite part of life’s rhythm.  As Raymond Burr entertained us every week during those formative years, another inspirational presence entered the scene when Gregory Peck starred as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, which came out in 1962.  After seeing the two of them master the courtroom with zinger questions, what else could I be when I grew up? I had to be a trial lawyer! READ FULL ARTICLE HERE:  Cross-Examination_Story_TB authored_100616


Originally published in The Texas Lawbook, Oct 2016

Presidential Election 2016 and Cross-Examining History, Podcast from The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

The Eric Metaxas Show

Talmage discusses his newest book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents, on The Eric Metaxas Show.  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN 

The response to Talmage’s project in the history community has been amazing. Major recognition of his work has come from the likes of former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III; Pulitzer Prize winners David McCullough and Jon Meacham; New York Times best-selling historians Douglas Brinkley and H.W. Brands; and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. The country’s leading Abraham Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer may have said it best about the experience of having a seasoned trial lawyer, who knows presidential history inside and out, get answers from the experts in response to the most important questions Americans should have about our leading Commanders-in-Chief:

“Combining the curiosity of Charlie Rose with the gravitas of Edward R. Murrow, Talmage Boston brings out the best in his subjects and truly makes history come alive. What an honor to have been in his witness chair!”

Presidential Perceptions, Talmage Boston Speaks with KERA’s Krys Boyd, Host of “Think”

2016 Election

2016 Election

Listen to Talmage Boston’s feature on KERA’s “Think,” hosted by Krys Boyd.

Based on his interviews with some of the country’s most prominent presidential historians and insiders, Talmage shares insights on the qualities that separate a good leader from a great one.  Talmage is the author of Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (Bright Sky Press 2016, Foreword by Ken Burns).

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN: Presidential Perceptions, KERA “Think,” featuring Talmage Boston

Presidential Debates 2016 Beg to be Moderated With the Finesse of a Fine-Tuned Lawyer

2016 Presidential Debates

2016 Presidential Debates

The race for the White House is now tied, according to some polls, with fewer than 45 days remaining for undecided voters to make a decision. The tipping point should be Monday night with the first of three debates, when voters can evaluate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump side-by-side. The debate promises to provide Americans the clearest picture yet of which candidate is more acceptable to lead our nation.

NBC’s Lester Holt will preside over the first debate. Retired CBS anchor Bob Schieffer, moderator of presidential debates in 2004, 2008 and 2012), offered Holt and other moderators some advice in a Washington Post column:

  • The debates should showcase the candidates, not the moderator.
  • The most important purpose is to help voters determine “which person they will feel most comfortable with in time of crisis.”
  • The most challenging moderator responsibilities are fact-checking answers in real time and keeping candidates within their time limits.


Talmage Boston is an attorney, historian, keynote speaker and public interviewer.  His newest book Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents was released this month.  Twitter @TalmageBoston

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Ten Commandments for America’s Next Commander-In-Chief

As election season continues to unfold, and with the Super Tuesday primaries now upon us, candidates’ positions on the issues have received ample analysis. Not so their leadership traits. In 2016, as in the past, voters must make their decisions not on the basis of position papers, but rather on who has the best toolkit for leading the Free World.

Ten Commandments for America’s Next Commander-In-Chief

Ten Commandments for America’s Next Commander-In-Chief

Having interviewed many leading presidential insiders and historians for my upcoming book, I came up with these Ten Commandments for Presidential Leadership. Grading this year’s candidates on these 10 traits—and comparing them with past presidents who exemplified these qualities—can help us gain distance from today’s frenzied political circus. Maybe it could help us determine the best possible president to lead us through an uncertain, problematic future (Read Here)

Published in The Dallas Morning News, Opinion Column

Measured by the Character Strengths of Former Presidents, Which Nominee is Best? (Dallas Morning News)

As the race to win the 2016 presidential election heats up, Talmage Boston takes a look at which nominee is the best candidate when measured by the character strength of former presidents.

Former Presidents

Character Strengths of Former U.S. Presidents

“Both presidential candidates have received high negative approval ratings the old-fashioned way: they earned them.  Though the Republican and Democratic nominees each have millions of supporters, at least 20 percent of voters remain undecided and must now choose the lesser of two evils.  To help make that determination, let’s grade the nominees using what I  call the 10 Commandments of Presidential Leadership.”

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The original article was published in the Dallas Morning News, August 4, 2016.


What Makes a Great President? (KDFW FOX4 Good Day Interviews Talmage Boston)

During an interview with KDFW FOX 4 Good Day, Talmage answers the question, “What Makes a Great President?”

WATCH HERE:  What Makes a Great President – Talmage Boston

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

For over 38 years, Talmage Boston’s vocation has been getting to the heart of his cases by asking the right questions—and not stopping until he gets them answered. Three years ago, he had an epiphany: What if he used his examination skills to go deeper into his lifelong avocation—the study of presidential history?

He’s now followed through on that epiphany with the upcoming release of his new book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (Bright Sky Press 2016, Foreword by Ken Burns) on September 1, 2016. The final product contains thirty-one edited transcripts of his onstage interviews from all over the country with some of America’s leading presidential historians and presidential insiders.  Read More

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Authors Panel at 2016 ABA San Francisco Annual Meeting, Moderated by Talmage Boston (August 6)

Join Talmage Boston at the 2016 ABA San Francisco Annual Meeting for the “Authors Panel” on August 6 at 10:00 am, Moscone Center West, 2nd Floor.  Talmage will moderate a panel of successful lawyer-authors, featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed, and bestselling novelists Philip Margolin and Corban Addison.  Learn tips of the trade from some of the legal profession’s most esteemed authors.

About Talmage 

Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston

In recent years, Talmage has become one of the best known onstage public interviewers in Dallas, conducting interviews in front of large audiences with the likes of Henry Kissinger, James A. Baker III, David McCullough, Jon Meacham, Ken Burns and Douglas Brinkley, to name a few.

In September 2016, the edited transcripts of Talmage’s onstage interviews with some of the country’s most prominent presidential historians and presidential insiders will be released as a book entitled Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (forward by Ken Burns, Bright Sky Press, 2016).

Click here for Talmage’s upcoming speaking engagements.

The Seeker: A Dallas Attorney Searches History for Insight and Answers

Texas Bar Journal Interviews Talmage Boston
(Reprinted with permission of the Texas Bar Journal)  

Talmage Boston often wears a pensive look, his eyes slightly squinted and brows furrowed, that suggests he is deep in thought. And chances are, he is. An attorney for almost 38 years as well as a writer and professional interviewer, Boston has a lot on his mind—whether it’s a strategy for an upcoming trial, a sentence to tweak on his new manuscript, or the questions that will get Henry Kissinger to say things he has never said before.

When it comes to writing, the Winstead litigator focuses on the topics he knows and likes the best, a successful approach considering that his books on the history of baseball and lawyering have received praise from the likes of Nolan Ryan, John Grisham, and former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. Boston’s fourth book marries his writing and interviewing careers with his lifelong passion for presidential history, featuring edited transcripts of his conversations with dozens of prominent political figures and historians. Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents will be published by Bright Sky Press in September.  Click here to read the full article

The Seeker-TBJ Interview

The Seeker-TBJ Interview