Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts about Our Presidents

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About the Author

TALMAGE BOSTON is a shareholder in Winstead P.C. in Dallas and has been a member of its litigation practice since joining the firm in 1997. His practice involves all aspects of dispute resolution in commercial transactions. With more than thirty years of business litigation experience in Dallas, Talmage has tried jury cases and argued appeals all over Texas, in both state and federal courts. He also devotes a portion of his practice to serving as a mediator.Talmage is board certified in both civil trial law and civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and is a past chair of the State Bar Litigation Section, as well as a past chair of the Council of Chairs for the State Bar. He also is a past chair of the Business Litigation Section of the Dallas Bar Association. During the thirteen years since joining Winstead, Talmage has been one of the most sought-after seminar speakers at State Bar and Dallas Bar Association litigation seminars, speaking on topics including electronic evidence, summary judgment practice, Dos and Don'ts in the Courtroom, arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, and a wide variety of litigation ethics topics. Talmage received a State Bar of Texas Presidential Citation Award every year from 2005-10. He was named Texas Super Lawyer from 2003-11, as published in Texas Monthly, and named one of Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth in 2010.Boston has published in numerous legal and sports publications, the latest: Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society, published by the State Bar of Texas, and is the author of two critically acclaimed prior books, 1939: Baseball's Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham, Bright Sky Press 2005), and Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary and Memoir (foreword by Frank Deford, Bright Sky Press 2009).


"What a stunning book...what comes through again and again is not only the quality and the insight of the conversations but the skillful way [Boston] keep[s] the "cross examinations" going and always in good spirit. The book's superb design...conveys both strength and clarity.

Talmage Boston has just what makes a first-rate interviewer--a sharp mind, good-hearted curiosity, and a natural gift for conversation."

--David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of Truman and John Adams

"It's during times like this more than ever that we need the long view of history to sort things out, which brings me back to [your] monumental achievement. What [Boston has] done here is magnificent, the work done to assemble all these insights and arrange them so attractively, logically and entertainingly. Of course, the thread that holds all these diverse voices together is [Boston], [his] passion and evident as I read through each of the chapters. I am certain that every author privileged enough to be included feels exactly the way I do. I look forward to many evenings with this book. This is a treasure I'll come back to over and over again, and so, I trust, will countless readers. Being a part of it is a signature honor."

-- (07/13/2016)

"Talmage Boston is a gifted interviewer. He knows how to draw out the deeper truths, to get at how people and things really work. I couldn't stop reading [Cross-Examining History]. A wonderful, wonderful achievement and a true gem. Sometimes the blurbs tell the truth."

-- (07/13/2016)

"The lesson my father taught me--proper preparation prevents poor performance--has been my mantra since I was a boy. Talmage Boston understands that adage when he interviews people about presidential history. And like all good litigators, he gets to the meat of the subject quickly, wastes no time, and throws only hardballs."

-- (07/13/2016)

"Talmage Boston is the kind of reader any writer wants: devoted, careful, searching, and thoughtful. Above all he is a steadfast friend to the telling of history, bringing his passion for the past and his lawyerly mind to the task of interviewing those of us who have spent years in the largely solitary pursuit of biography. His work is first-rate; his joy in the task evident and infectious."
--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential biographer

"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!"
--Harold Holzer, winner 2015 Lincoln Prize; Chairman Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation; author of Lincoln and the Power of the Press and President-Elect Lincoln

"Talmage Boston is a brilliant interviewer, raconteur, historian, and Dallas impresario. His mind crackles with curiosity and knowledge. Nobody gets to the heart of the main strands of American history quite like Boston. He is sui generis."

-- (07/13/2016)

"Boston is the best interviewer on the planet."
--S.C. Gwynne, author of Empire of the Summer Moon

"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."

-- (07/13/2016)

Having the hefty design and subject matter of a college textbook, but the structure of a month's worth of "Charlie Rose" transcripts (with a foreword by documentarian Ken Burns, at that), Cross-Examining History features interviews about the presidency with notable authors, scholars, and political figures including David McCullough, Douglas Brinkley, and James Baker, respectively.

On average, the results are encapsulated but engaging: 15-page discussions capable of whetting the reader's mind for more study... the well-defined chapters and specified index (e.g., "Jefferson and the Exercise of Power Amidst Partisan Politics," "Nixon's Response to the Publication of the Pentagon Papers," etc.) enable the reader to seek a topic or easily recall a particular point.

-- (12/08/2016)

What do you get when you mix a seasoned litigator, a presidential history buff and a passionate writer?

No, not a bad lawyer joke but the perfect combination of skills needed for author Talmage Boston to pull off his new book, Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents. In the 500-page compendium, Boston puts presidential history on the witness stand, offering readers the chance to learn more about America's commanders in chief.

Cross-Examining History contains 31 edited transcripts of Boston's onstage interviews, conducted all over the country with some of America's leading presidential historians and insiders. Starting with a foreword by Ken Burns, the book is a who's who of literary and political luminaries, including David McCullough, Jon Meacham and Henry Kissinger.-- (12/08/2016)