The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (Pulitzer Prize for Biography)

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Crown/Archetype, Sep 18, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 432 pages
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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.

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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User Review  - southdown - Overstock.com

Gave me a good understanding of the times and the role of blacks. One negative is that I no longer feel I want to delve more into Napoleon for his role in betrayal. This is also good in context of what is happening here. Read full review

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User Review  - lisa.schureman - LibraryThing

This is a very easy book to get involved in as you follow Alexandre Dumas' military exploits and how he manages to survive the Terror of the French Revolution. He was to Republican, loyal to his ... Read full review

Contents

PRologue PART February 26 1806
3
cHAPTER The Sugar Factory
23
The Black Code
34
Norman Conquest
47
No One Is a Slave in France
58
Americans in Paris
73
cHAPTER s Black Count in the City of Light
80
A Queens Dragoon
89
The Black Devil
207
cHAFTER le Leader of the Expedition
217
The Delirium of
238
Dreams on Fire
255
cHAPTER le Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army
264
Citizeness Dumas Is Worried
283
The Dungeon
290
Wait and Hope
304

Summers of Revolution
107
cHAPTER e Regeneration by Blood
121
cHAPTER Io The Black Heart Also Beats for Liberty
131
Mr Humanity
146
The Battle for the Top of the World
160
The Bottom of the Revolution
175
The Siege
189
EPILosue The Forgotten Statue
324
Acknowledgments
331
Authors Note on Names
339
Bibliography
387
Index
405
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About the author (2012)

TOM REISS is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Black Count and the author of the celebrated international bestseller The Orientalist. His biographical pieces have appeared The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications. He makes his home in New York City.

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