The black count

Title The black count
Napoleon's rival and the real Count of Monte Cristo - General Alexandre Dumas
Author Tom Reiss
Publication Vintage
Size 414p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780099575139
Topics Biography--Military
Dumas, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (French general, 1762-1806)
Awards--Pulitzer Prize
Awards--PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award
Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815
France--History--18th century
Notes ‘The Three Musketeers! The Count of Monte Cristo! The stories of course are fiction. But here a prize-winning author shows us that the inspiration for the swashbuckling stories was, in fact, Dumas’s own father, Alex - the son of a marquis and a black slave... He achieved a giddy ascent from private in the Dragoons to the rank of general; an outsider who had grown up among slaves, he was all for Liberty and Equality. Alex Dumas was the stuff of legend’ Daily Mail So how did such this extraordinary man get erased by history? Why are there no statues of ‘Monsieur Humanity’ as his troops called him? The Black Count uncovers what happened and the role Napoleon played in Dumas’s downfall. By walking the same ground as Dumas - from Haiti to the Pyramids, Paris to the prison cell at Taranto – Reiss, like the novelist before him, triumphantly resurrects this forgotten hero.
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