The Black Count

Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

By Tom Reiss
(Broadway Books, Paperback, 9780307382474, 414pp.)

Publication Date: May 14, 2013

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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 familiarbecause 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 slavewho 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 Revolutionuntil he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.
     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." It is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.  




About the Author
Tom Reiss has written about politics and culture for "The New York Times," "The Wall Street Journal," "The New Yorker," and elsewhere. He lives with his wife and daughters in New York City.

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