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 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.
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!”
Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society
Talmage’s book, Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (TexasBarBooks 2012) is focused on the iconic figures who have brought integrity and honor to the legal profession. The book features a foreword by former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, with dust jacket endorsements from former Secretary of State James A. Baker III; Judge Ken Starr; CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin; Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson; and best-selling novelist Richard North Patterson.
“Talmage Boston has a unique understanding of the critical role that the rule of law has played in sustaining a stable democracy in the United States. Quite simply, our country would not be what it is today without it. Raising the Bar emphasizes that important aspect of our culture by recounting the stories of lawyers—both living and fictional—who have contributed in one way or another to a legal system that makes America the best country in the world.” — James A. Baker, III, 61st U.S. Secretary of State
Talmage has also written two critically acclaimed baseball history books, 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham, Bright Sky Press, 2005) and Baseball and the Baby Boomer (foreword by Frank DeFord, Bright Sky Press, 2009), and has been inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame as a Media Member.
Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary & Memoir
“Talmage Boston captures the heart and soul of the game that we, as baby-boomers, inherited.” — John Grisham
Over the last 50 years, most Baby Boomers have played the game of baseball, watched it, coached their kids in it, read about it, or best of all, replayed it in that special place Bart Giamatti named “the green fields of the mind.”
1939 Baseball’s Tipping Point
“Thought-provoking and entertaining, a rare mix. History should always be this good.” — Dallas Morning News
“Some of my favorite things about baseball got started in 1939—Little League, the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and televised baseball games. Talmage brings these stories back to life.” — Nolan Ryan, Hall of Fame pitcher
Baseball, in all its rich and glorious past, never had a year of greater significance. Baseball’s centennial year, 1939, was the game’s tipping point when certain, seemingly unrelated, events acted to create the tipping point that drove the epidemic of change on multiple fronts—transforming the game. Read more