The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo
The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, And The Real Count Of Monte Cristo

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

But, hidden behindGeneral Dumas'sswashbuckling 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 herose to command armies at the height of the Revolutionuntil 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 worlds 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 itpossible. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.

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