When Jack Johnson Met the Black Russian

New book recalls the historic encounter between the boxing champ and savvy entrepreneur Frederick Bruce Thomas.

Frederick Bruce Thomas (National Archives, NARA II); Jack Johnson (The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)

Excerpted from The Black Russian, by Vladimir Alexandrov (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013).

Vladimir Alexandrov is the B.E. Bensinger Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University. For more information about the book and the author, click here.