You won't find his name in many history books. However, Frederick Thomas is a colossal figure. The Black Russian by Vladimir Alexandrov details Thomas's journey from Mississippi to Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. A wonderful tale unfolds for the reader through Frederick's fantastical journey through Europe, his accumulation of wealth in Russia, financial ruin, personal setbacks, and exile. World events, such as the Bolshevik revolution, are chronicled and give the reader many things to ponder over, such as race, class, and the power of one man's self-determination.
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