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).

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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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Talmage Boston and other authors on tour Aug. 28-Sept. 3 in D-FW (Dallas Morning News)

Talmage’s newest book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents, is now available.   Click here to purchase.

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

As a civil litigator for almost four decades, Talmage Boston’s business has been to seek the truth from witnesses and use it to bring focus toward final resolution. Recognizing that a history book constitutes the author’s thorough direct examination of his subject, and knowing ultimate credibility can only be derived following cross-examination, over a three-year period, he interrogated those who have performed the heavy lifting of research and analysis about our commanders-in-chief. Cross-Examining History delivers the answers to Boston’s questions with many of today’s most renowned presidential historians, and some esteemed high-level Oval Office insiders. The results expand our awareness far beyond book learning and increase our knowledge of the most important aspects in our presidents’ lives.

READ: Talmage Boston and other authors on tour Aug. 28-Sept. 3 in D-FW (Dallas Morning News)


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


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