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10 Commandments of Presidential Leadership

What presidential leadership traits stand out over time and provide a sound metric for voters to consider before choosing our next commander-in-chief? For the answer, Dallas lawyer and historian Talmage Boston conducted 31 in-depth interviews across the country during the last three years with America’s leading presidential biographers and White House insiders, including James A. Baker, III. The edited transcripts of those interviews have now become Boston’s recent book, “Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents” (Bright Sky Press 2016), which reveals detailed portraits of our 21 most significant U.S. presidents. From the interviews’ highlights, Boston has determined “10 Commandments of Presidential Leadership,” which will provide food for thought as Americans prepare to make their decisions on Election Day. These points were the subject of his remarks at the Baker Institute.

A book signing followed the presentation. Copies of "Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents" were available for purchase courtesy of the Rice University Bookstore. 

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Talmage Boston, J.D., is the author of "Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society" (TexasBarBooks, 2012), which includes a chapter profiling James A. Baker, III, and Leon Jaworski, who Boston names the two most important American lawyers of the last half century. His other publications include "1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point" (Bright Sky Press, 2005) and "Baseball and the Baby Boomer(Bright Sky Press, 2009). Boston's forthcoming book, "Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers About America’s Past From the Experts (Bright Sky Press, 2016), will contain the edited transcripts of his onstage interviews with presidential historians and presidential insiders. The content of this interview will be included in a chapter of that book. Boston is also a shareholder at Winstead PC, and has been a commercial trial and appellate litigator in Dallas, Texas, since 1978. He has been recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Texas Super Lawyer” every year since 2003, as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2013, and as one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas/Fort Worth Region.” Boston has served as both a director of the State Bar of Texas and chair of the State Bar’s Litigation Section. For his service, he received Presidential Citations from the State Bar of Texas’ presidents every year from 2005 to 2011. He holds a B.A. with honors in economics and a J.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.




Wed, Aug. 31, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central

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