How the Best Did It: Leadership Lessons From Our Top Presidents (Hardcover)

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How the Best Did It is an accessible and insightful explanation of how the most important leadership traits from America’s eight greatest presidents can be implemented by today’s leaders.

“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.” —Jon Meacham

David O. Stewart (author of George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father) on the George Washington chapter:
“In How the Best Did It, Talmage Boston demonstrates rare gifts in sifting gold nuggets from the endless gravel beds of known facts about eight leading presidents, then delivering them concisely and persuasively. In his insightful study of George Washington, he finds the core of America’s first great leader without exaggerating his talents, and makes him someone from whom we can learn and cherish.”

Annette Gordon-Reed (Pulitzer-winning historian and coauthor of Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination) on the Thomas Jefferson chapter:
“Thomas Jefferson was one the most effective American leaders of his time, creating a political party that dominated American politics for more than a quarter of a century. With great insight and clear writing, Talmage Boston brings Jefferson to life as the talented leader who shaped the course of early American society.”

Ronald C. White Jr. (author of A. Lincoln and three other notable books on Lincoln) on the Abraham Lincoln chapter:
“Talmage Boston offers a wise and wide-ranging understanding of Lincoln’s leadership qualities. What makes Boston’s chapter distinct is the personal questions that challenge the reader to apply Lincoln’s values to their lives today.”

About the Author

Talmage Boston is a well-known figure among leading historians as an author, speaker, and onstage interviewer. His work has been endorsed by David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham, Douglas Brinkley, Annette-Gordon-Reed, Evan Thomas, and H.W. Brands, as well as many other esteemed presidential biographers. Boston is the author of 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). 

He is also one of the most highly recognized lawyers in Texas, having 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.

Working as both a full-time commercial litigator and a full-time historian throughout the twenty-first century, Boston’s varied experience and notable achievements in both fields make him uniquely qualified to write How the Best Did It due to his knowledge of history, his skills as a writer, and his vast experience in business and law. In November 2023, Boston will be recognized by the Dallas Historical Society as “The History Maker of the Year” in the field of promoting history in North Texas.

Boston lives in Dallas with his wife Claire, son Scott, daughter Lindsey, son-in-law Mitchell, and grandson Nolan. To learn more, visit his website at talmageboston.com.

Praise For…

“Talmage Boston has entered the field of leadership studies with a head full of steam and a barrel full of fresh ideas. His investigation into Theodore Roosevelt's distinguished record as US president is deeply illuminating and highly recommended!”
Douglas Brinkley (author of The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for Americaon the Theodore Roosevelt 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.”
Doris Kearns Goodwin (Pulitzer-winning author of No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War IIon the FDR chapter

“Talmage Boston has provided business leaders—really, any kind of leader—with a fascinating roadmap of the qualities, both subtle and larger than life, that made Dwight Eisenhower a great president. You will wonder, why don’t we have more leaders like Ike? And, if you pay attention, you may learn how to become one.”
Evan Thomas (author of Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the Worldon the Dwight Eisenhower chapter

“Talmage Boston uses his discerning lawyer’s mind to lay out a compelling case for why John F. Kennedy deserves his lofty historical standing as one of America’s finest presidents. While acknowledging his dark side and outsize flaws, Boston provides keen insight into JFK’s enduring greatness: his propensity to learn on the job, prowess as a crisis manager, and power as an orator.”
Mark Updegrove (author of Incomparable Grace: JFK in the Presidencyon the JFK chapter

“While most people agree that Reagan was a consequential president, Talmage Boston shows just how and why he was. Combining extensive research and trenchant insights with compelling prose, Boston distills the essence of Reagan’s leadership qualities. The happy result is a unique blend of expert history and leadership lessons for the 21st century.”
Will Inboden (author of The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brinkon the Ronald Reagan chapter

Product Details
ISBN: 9781637586976
ISBN-10: 1637586973
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2024
Pages: 400
Language: English