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SOLD OUT - Talmage Boston - Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents - Dallas
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

An ability to ask the right questions and get to the heart of his subject are gifts World Affairs Council board member Talmage Boston uses in three professions: attorney, onstage interviewer and author.

His latest book emphasizes the connection and is entitled Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents. Boston will be speaking about the book at Council programs on August 30 (in Dallas) and September 1 (in Fort Worth and McKinney.) It contains 31 edited transcripts of his interviews with some of the nation’s leading presidential historians and Oval Office insiders. Impressive? Yes. And so is the foreword written by renowned historical documentarian Ken Burns.

In the introduction to Cross Examining History, Boston explains that his new book has two goals: “To answer questions in history lovers’ minds about what it was that made our major presidents tick and influenced the trajectory of their lives; and to provide fresh insights on America’s past to help us better understand the present and have a more informed expectation about our future.”

The latest book by Boston enjoys a timely arrival since these days, Americans are pursuing “a more informed expectation about our future,” as all eyes point to Election Day on November 8, 2016. It covers the history of the presidency beginning with the Founding Fathers and goes all the way through the modern era.

As a litigator, Boston has an enviable record of achievement. He’s been a shareholder at Winstead PC for nearly 20 years; is past Chair of the State Bar of Texas’ Litigation Section; and is also a past member of the State Bar’s Board of Directors. He has been listed as a Texas Monthly Texas Super Lawyer every year since 2003; has been listed among Best Lawyers in America since 2013; and is a 7-time recipient of Presidential Citations for his meritorious service to the State Bar of Texas.

As a writer, he is renowned for the quality and pace of his productivity. The foreword for his critically acclaimed 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point was written by lawyer, best-selling author and baseball fan John Grisham; his 2009 book, Baseball and the Baby Boomer, carried a foreword by award-winning sportswriter and NPR commentator Frank Deford; and his 2012 book Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society contained a foreword by former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

Boston’s byline can also be found on op-ed pieces and book reviews for The Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Business Journal and Park Cities People newspapers.

Members have seen Boston in action at many Council programs through the years as he has interviewed such news-making and authoritative personalities as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, CNN Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough.

How successful is he as an interviewer? Here’s the answer from the people he’s questioned:

Harold Holzer, regarded as the nation’s foremost Abraham Lincoln scholar, said, “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!”

H.W. Brands, University of Texas at Austin history professor and best-selling presidential biographer declared, “Talmage Boston is that rare interviewer who knows both history and historians. His knowledge of history allows him to ask good questions. His knowledge of historians gets them to provide interesting answers.”  

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Dallas, TX 75219
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