Talmage Boston

Talmage Boston

Author Talmage Boston’s varied experience and notable achievements in both fields, working as both a full-time commercial litigator and a full-time historian throughout the 21st century, make him uniquely qualified to write How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons From Our Top Presidents. The new book, set to be released in April, takes the leadership lessons gained from our greatest presidents and makes them instructive today for all leaders who seek to enhance their performance.

Boston’s other acclaimed books include Cross-Examining History (foreword by Ken Burns), Raising the Bar (foreword by former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh), Baseball and the Baby Boomer (foreword by Frank Deford), and 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham).

One of the most highly recognized lawyers in Texas, Boston has been chosen for three major statewide awards in the last four years by the Texas Bar Foundation and the State Bar of Texas Litigation Section. Boston has been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Thompson Reuters every year since 2003 and among the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2013. He is the only lawyer to receive a “Presidential Citation” from eight different presidents of the State Bar of Texas for outstanding service to the State Bar.

Boston received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a partner at Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP in Dallas.

Jon Meacham (Pulitzer-winning presidential biographer): “A discerning examination of what all of us can learn from some of our most effective leaders—who have held—and wielded—ultimate power at the highest level.”

Doris Kearns Goodwin (Pulitzer-winning author of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II) on the FDR chapter: “No president has been more successful than FDR in moving public sentiment forward one step at a time. And no one has been more successful in analyzing the secret of that success than Talmage Boston. His terrific chapter on FDR provides a riveting account of the critical role Roosevelt’s rhetorical skill played in saving our democracy.”

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