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.)