What I’m currently working on: The Black Russian, by Vladimir Alexandrov. The remarkable biography of the well-travelled African American Frederick Bruce Thomas, born to former slaves in 1872 in Mississippi. He became a successful theater and restaurant owner in Russia before the Bolshevik Revolution destroyed his fortune.
Recently finished: The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, by Edward E. Baptist. A work on the intertwined history of these two facets of American life.
Also finished recently: Clouds of Glory: The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee, by Michael Korda. A biography of the renowned Confederate general.