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    DescriptionHere 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.


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    Title
    The Black Count
    Subtitle
    Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Tom Reiss
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 157 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 771 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307382467
    ISBN 10: 030738246X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
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    LC subject heading:
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: I-BA
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    DC22: 944.04092
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    LC classification: DC146.D83 R46 2012
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    Illustrations note
    6 MAPS AND 1 INSET MAP
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    18 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    TOM REISS is 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.
    Review quote
    Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography! "Tom Reiss wrings plenty of drama and swashbuckling action out of Dumas' strange and nearly forgotten life, and more: "The Black Count" is one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that also sheds light on the flukey historical moment that made it possible." --Time "A remarkable and almost compulsively researched account...The author spent a decade on the case, and it shows." --Christian Science Monitor "Fascinating...a richly imaginative biography." --New York Times Book Review "It would take an incredibly fertile mind to invent a character as compelling, exciting and unlikely as Gen. Alexandre (Alex) Dumas [hence] you might forget, while reading, that "The Black Count" is a work of nonfiction; author Tom Reiss writes with such narrative urgency and vivid description, you'd think you were reading a novel..."The Black Count" reminds us of how essential stories, whether true or invented, can be." --National Public Radio "Vibrant...Sometimes the best stories are true. This is one of them." --Ebony "Reiss details the criminal forgetting of Alex Dumas...This remarkable book stands as his monument." --Washington Post "Superb... as improbable and exciting as [Dumas's] best books... but there is much more to this book than that." -Newsweek/The Daily Beast "Lush prose and insightful details make "The Black Count "one of the best biographies of 2012...a tale that is as easily engrossing as one of Dumas' page-turning and timeless works." --Essence "Impressively thorough...Reiss moves the story on at an entertaining pace...fascinating." --Wall Street Journal "To tell this tale, Reiss must cover the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the rise of Napoleon toward Empire; he does all that with remarkable verve." --Boston Globe "Fascinating [and] swashbuckling...meticulously evo
    Table of contents
    prologue, part 1 • February 26, 1806   prologue, part 2 • January 25, 2007     book one chapter 1 • The Sugar Factory   chapter 2 • The Black Code   chapter 3 • Norman Conquest   chapter 4 • “No One Is a Slave in France”  chapter 5 • Americans in Paris   chapter 6 • Black Count in the City of Light   chapter 7 • A Queen’s Dragoon     book two chapter 8 • Summers of Revolution    chapter 9 • “Regeneration by Blood”    chapter 10 • “The Black Heart Also Beats for Liberty”    chapter 11 • “Mr. Humanity”    chapter 12 • The Battle for the Top of the World    chapter 13 • The Bottom of the Revolution    chapter 14 • The Siege    chapter 15 • The Black Devil      book three chapter 16 • Leader of the Expedition    chapter 17 •  “ The Delirium of His     Republicanism”    chapter 18 • Dreams on Fire    chapter 19 • Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army    chapter 20 • “ Citizeness Dumas . . . Is Worried     About the Fate of Her Husband”    chapter 21 • The Dungeon    chapter 22 • Wait and Hope    epilogue • The Forgotten Statue    Acknowledgments    Author’s Note on Names    Notes    Bibliography    Index