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Litigator expands interrogations into book on presidential history

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Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers

Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers from the Experts About Our Presidents by Talmage Boston

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.

The 63-year-old Dallas attorney leverages his background as a history buff and historian to conduct insightful interviews, and he utilizes his experience as a litigator to delve deeper into analyses of how time has judged our leaders.

Boston, a shareholder at Winstead, has practiced law for 38 years, specializing in commercial trial and appellate law. He’s written four books, including two about baseball—his other passion.

This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of the ABA Journal with this headline: “What’s on the Shelf: Litigator expands interrogations into presidential history.”

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