Talmage Boston is an expert in law and history
The Dallas Morning News has added Talmage Boston to its stable of contributing columnists. (Michael Hogue)
By Ryan Sanders
6:29 AM on Aug 4, 2023 CDT
In our ongoing effort to bring the best Dallas thinkers and writers to our readers, I’m glad to announce the newest Dallas Morning News contributing columnist: Talmage Boston.
The first time I met Talmage in person, he was hosting a dinner party that included brilliant minds in history, journalism, finance and politics. (I’m still not sure how I sneaked in.) The dinner wasn’t publicized or promoted. Talmage arranged it because he’s curious. He wants to have conversations with the brightest people on the most important issues. Since that’s precisely what we do in our Opinion pages, Talmage is a natural fit.
Talmage is a partner at the Shackelford law firm’s Dallas office where he handles commercial litigation. His legal work has won multiple awards from the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Bar Foundation.
He is an expert in presidential history. He has served as keynote speaker for events at the National Archives, five presidential libraries, 12 World Affairs Council chapters, and 14 universities.
He has authored five books about law, history and baseball, including How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons From Our Top Presidents, due to be released next year.
Talmage has created a series of book discussions in Dallas where he has interviewed dozens of newsmakers and historians such as Laura Bush, Henry Kissinger, Ken Burns, David McCullough, James A. Baker III, Jon Meacham and Annette Gordon-Reed.
He has also written Op-Eds and book reviews for The Dallas Morning News for over 30 years.
Talmage will write primarily about history and politics, with a Texas lens. His first piece as a contributing columnist, published nearby, looks ahead to what promises to be a contentious presidential election year in 2024 by looking back for lessons from the best presidents in American history.
I hope you enjoy Talmage’s perspective as much as I do.
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