Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies on Thursday, April 18th, 2024 from 4-5 p.m. ET for a book talk by Talmage Boston, lawyer, historian, and author of How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from Our Top Presidents.  

This event will begin at 4 p.m. ET in the Parlor of Kenwood House, it will end at 5 p.m. Following the discussion there will be an opportunity to purchase the book and have it signed by the author. 

This Event is FREE; however, registration is required. Register here!

About the Talk

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan were all highly successful presidents in large part because of how effective they were at persuading others to come around to their points of view. Each moved public sentiment in his own unique way, and their wide variety of approaches to this critical leadership trait are worthy of consideration and emulation by leaders in all fields of endeavor who often find themselves in the business of persuading others.  

About the Author

For more than three decades, Talmage Boston has worn two hats: historian and practicing lawyer in Dallas, Texas. His newest presidential history book (to be released on April 2, 2024) is How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons from our Top Presidents, with the foreword by CNN political analyst/presidential historian John Avlon.  Boston’s prior books are Cross-Examining History: A Lawyer Gets Answers From the Experts About Our Presidents (foreword by Ken Burns); Raising the Bar: The Crucial Role of the Lawyer in Society (foreword by former US Attorney General Dick Thornburgh); Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary, and Memoir (foreword by Frank Deford); and 1939: Baseball’s Tipping Point (foreword by John Grisham). He is also a Contributing Columnist for the Dallas Morning News. He has spoken previously at five presidential libraries, the National Archives, fourteen World Affairs Council chapters all over the country, sixteen major universities, and bar conventions in eight states.