The Black Count

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

By Tom Reiss; Paul Michael (Read by)
(Random House Audio Publishing Group, Compact Disc, 9780449012673)

Publication Date: September 18, 2012

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Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as"The Count of Monte Cristo"and"The Three Musketeers."
The real-life protagonist of"The Black Count," General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature.
Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero 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 was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution, in an audacious campaign across Europe and the Middle East 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. But 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.

"From the Hardcover edition."



Paul Michael was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada where he performed on stage, radio, and TV including a regular role on the TV series The Beachcombers. He also received an ACTRA award nomination (the Canadian equivalent of an Emmy) for best actor in a TV movie for Gold Mountain Fever. Paul has guest starred in several American TV series including VIP and Alias and has narrated nearly fifty recorded books, both abridged and unabridged, and has been twice nominated for an Audie award. Some of his most popular recordings include "The Tristan Betrayal", "Hollywood Tough, Sons of Fortune, Second Spring", and "The Da Vinci Code". Paul now makes his home in Southern California with his wife and two daughters.
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