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The Black Count : Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss


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WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY

General Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar -- because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers Read more...


 
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Overview

WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY

General Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar--because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats as inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
But, hidden behind General Dumas's swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: he was the son of a black slave--who rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time. Born in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), Alex Dumas made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution--until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.
The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world's first multi-racial society. TIME magazine called The Black Count -one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it possible.- But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307382474
  • ISBN-10: 0307382478
  • Publisher: Broadway Books
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 414


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