Trump’s The Andrew Jackson of Our Time, Says Historian-Partner (Texas Lawyer)

Andrew Jackson - 7th U.S. President

Andrew Jackson – 7th U.S. President

Dallas lawyer Talmage Boston’s first brush with presidential history came from his mom’s gift on his seventh birthday: trading cards with photos of presidents and facts about their time in office.

The Winstead shareholder took a much deeper dive into the world of presidential historians in more recent years with a series of more than 30 public interviews with history authors and former government insiders.  He’s included those interviews in the book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents, which came out in September.

Boston, a civil litigator for almost 40 years, spoke with Texas Lawyer and about his perspective on Donald Trump’s upcoming presidency, seen through a historical lens.  Here are his answers, edited for brevity and clarity.  READ FULL ARTICLE

(Written by Angela Morris, Texas Lawyer)

Washington Independent Review of Book: A Jurist’s Probing Questions About America’s Commanders-in-Chief

Washington Independent Book Review

Washington Independent Book Review

When future historians look back at this 2016 election season, what will stand out is the vociferously binary nature of the political discourse about — and between—the presidential candidates.

One can hope that come, say, 2060, those historians will see what lessons we contemporary Americans came to learn. Unfortunately, of course, we are in doubt of it today, given cable news as entertainment and a 24-hour broadcast cycle accelerated by the rise of social media with its conversational echo chambers geared more toward commercial exploitation than cogent information.

Meanwhile, we are left to aspire to better ideas and brighter discussions about presidential politics and those who have held the world’s most powerful office. Attorney-author Talmage Boston’s latest book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about Our Presidents, gives us such, along with bits of intellectual balm via historical lessons that are applied through conversational anecdotes.  READ MORE

(Book review written by: Washington-based freelance writer/editor, J.J. McCoy, former staff writer for the Washington Post for more than a decade.)

What Can Past Presidential History Teach Us About Today? (ABA Journal’s Podcast)

Cross-Examining History

Cross-Examining History

In honor of the 2016 election, Talmage Boston joined the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles for this episode of “The Modern Law Library.: He talked about this labor of love; the importance of considering historical context when judging a president’s actions; and what past history may tell us about the future of the Trump administration.

About the current political climate, Boston said that“we are more barraged with information from pundits and from both sides than we’ve ever been before, and it is consuming people’s mindsets unlike any time in our history.”




Which Presidents Earned the Seal of Approval? (Dallas News)

Dallas News Staff Artist, Michael Hogue

Dallas News, Michael Hogue

Every newly inaugurated president in our past has brought into office the public’s expectations of anticipated performance.  His supporters have foreseen only great things happening under his leadership, while detractors have predicted that the country will surely suffer through rapid decline during his administration.  Such expectations are necessarily tied to the accuracy of what each voter sees in his or her own crystal ball (READ MORE).

(Published by Dallas News, Commentary)

Talmage Boston is the author of the book Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. 



WATCH: Talmage Boston, “American History TV,” C-SPAN3

Talmage Boston talks about his book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from Experts About Our Presidents, on American History TV, C-SPAN3.  He explains the “Ten Commandments of Presidential Leadership” and provides examples of presidents who excelled at each one.   Originally aired Sunday, October 30, 2016.



How Nasty Were Politics in the Past? History Goes on Witness Stand – DMN Featuring Talmage’s Newest Book

Politics History

How Nasty Were Politics in the Past?

Talmage Boston is ready for the next chapter of the U.S. presidency—one way or the other.

The 63-year-old Dallas attorney, historian and author is already crafting his post-election questions for Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, who will be speaking in Dallas the week after we’ve chosen our next commander in chief.  Woodward, best-known for uncovering the Watergate scandal, is coming to town for back-to-back events exactly one week after the votes are counted. Boston will interview the author of 18 best-selling books on American politics—including a dozen that made it to the top spot—about what happens next.



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