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

 

How Jackie Robinson Went From Workplace Integrator to Civil Rights Hero (Dallas Morning News)

Ken Burns’ two-part documentary Jackie Robinson aired last week on PBS, reminding us of the reasons the Great Jackie remains atop the mountain among our greatest sports heroes.  First, breaking the color barrier in big league baseball has been described by George Will as “the opening salvo of the American Civil Rights Movement.” Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers and led his team to the National League pennant in his rookie season, totally electrifying the country. He landed on the cover of Time magazine and was named the country’s second-most-admired man of 1947, behind only Bing Crosby and ahead of Dwight Eisenhower. And it happened when the U.S. Army and every other major American employer maintained racial segregation, which made Jackie the pioneering champion of the integrated workplace. (Read Dallas Morning News Article Here)

Jackie Robinson DMN

Jackie Robinson DMN

 

 

Baseball Wisdom for Lawyers

Baseball Wisdom for Lawyers

Baseball Wisdom for Lawyers

Like all lines of work, a lawyer’s career will have some peaks and plenty of valleys.  Maybe a big client goes broke.  Maybe one’s law firm splits.  Maybe a big jury verdict goes the wrong way. Maybe a whole segment of the economy tanks.  Maybe new legislation restricts one’s capacity to maintain success.  Maybe a disgruntled client files a grievance or pursues a malpractice claim.  Yes, there are many ways a bullish career can suddenly and unexpectedly turn bearish.

Lawyers who stay in the trenches more than three decades will probably get to experience many, if not most of these adverse circumstances.  Some find a way to keep their heads up and continue putting one foot in front of the other until they find a way out of the valley; though some do not, and deal with career setbacks by engaging in various addictions intended to numb the pain.  Click here to read the full article.

Originally published in The Texas Lawbook

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

Remembering Harper Lee

Originally published By Lindsay Stafford Mader for the Texas Bar Blog

To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird, signed by Harper Lee

Readers and lawyers around the country are feeling the loss of author Harper Lee, who died in her sleep this morning at the age of 89. Harper’s novel To Kill a Mockingbirdwas awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Dallas attorney Talmage Boston—who has extensively presented and written on Lee, Mockingbird, and Lee’s recently released Go Set a Watchman—told the Texas Bar Journal that Lee gave lawyers the greatest possible gift by portraying her small-town attorney father, Amasa Lee, as the character Atticus Finch, thereby creating a role model who embodied the nobility of the legal profession. (Click here to continue)   Other related articles written by Talmage Boston:

Talmage Boston’s Onstage Interview With Douglas Brinkley, March 28 at World Affairs Council DFW

On Monday, March 28, 2016, Talmage Boston will interview Douglas Brinkley onstage at the International Educator of the Year Luncheon hosted by the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, on the subject of Brinkley’s new book (to be released by HarperCollins on March 15, 2016) entitled Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America .  Dr. Brinkley is a New York Times best-selling presidential historian, professor of history at Rice University, CNN television network’s Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity FairClick here for event details and registration. This is Talmage’s fourth onstage interview with Dr. Brinkley in the last three years.

LtoR: Douglas Brinkley and Talmage Boston

LtoR: Douglas Brinkley and Talmage Boston

Since 2010, Talmage has become one of the best known onstage public interviewers in Texas, conducting interviews in front of large audiences with the likes of Henry Kissinger, James A. Baker III, David McCullough, Jon Meacham, and Ken Burns, to name a few.  These onstage interviews combined with Talmage’s passion for presidential history are the inspiration behind his newest book Cross-Examining History:  A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (Bright Sky Press 2016, Foreword by Ken Burns).  Talmage’s new book 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, including Douglas Brinkley (who he interviewed on both Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon).

On the back of Talmage’s duist jacket will be the following endorsement:

“Talmage Boston is a brilliant interviewer, raconteur, historian, and Dallas impresario. His mind crackles with curiosity and knowledge. Nobody gets to the heart of the main strands of American history quite like Boston. He is sui generis.”

–Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley’s publications focused on presidential history include:

  • FDR and the Creation of the U.N. (1997) With Townsend Hoopes
  • The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House (1999)
  • Gerald R. Ford (2007)
  • The Reagan Diaries, Book Editor (2007)
  • The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America (2009)
  • The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972 (2014); and the Nixon Tapes 1973 (2015)

Talmage Boston’s Newest Book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (Coming September 2016)

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 REVISED_Book Coverepiphany: What if he used his examination skills to go deeper into his lifelong avocation—the study of presidential history?

Talmage has 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.

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!”

Talmage’s Newest CLE Ethics Speech: “Why Atticus Finch Is Still Our Role Model—Even After Go Set a Watchman”

Talmage’s newest CLE Ethics speech is based on his widely read article published in the September issue of the Texas Bar Journal (with a similar version having been published in the Washington Independent Review of Books), entitled “Cracking the Code on Harper Lee: Atticus through Watchman and Mockingbird.” Click here to read the full article

Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston

After reading Harper Lee’s second novel Go Set a Watchman immediately after its release on July 14, 2015, and knowing the history about the relationship between Atticus Finch and the author’s father Amasa Lee, Talmage closely followed the controversy that arose over Watchman’s portrayal of Atticus Finch as a bigot. Now, with his new legal ethics speech, Talmage explains the whole story, looks at all the facts, and explains why Atticus Finch should still stand at the top of the mountain as the legal profession’s greatest role model and why he provides new and important wisdom on the need for all professionals to act with emotional intelligence when disagreements and confrontations arise in the practice of law.

Speaking Engagements – Meet Talmage Boston:

If you are looking for a speaker capable of inspiring attorneys to new heights of professionalism, and would like to have all your lawyers receive their required continuing legal education ethics credit in one quick setting, then consider Talmage Boston for your next event.

For speaking engagements, contact:

Rachel Guy | 214.745.5177 | rguy@winstead.com

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

 

 

 

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