Who is Richard Thompson, this most unusual man? A brilliant scholar? A world class historian? A hermit? A self-destructive alcoholic? A war hero? Or all of these things? The author discovers this enigma surrounded by rumors in a small Texas town. Follow the story of this intriguing character as he moves from a dismal beginning to a rising human spirit and a re-energized purpose in life reclaiming his titles as historian and a writer. Compassion, a human bonding, adventure, anthropology, and research in Africa, are all elements of this compelling story about a most unusual man.