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    DescriptionWINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today, yet his story is strikingly familiar--because 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 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 made his way to Paris, where he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution--until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat. "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." 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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 414
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 41 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307382474
    ISBN 10: 0307382478
    Classifications

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    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: ENGM1075
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25560
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    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    B&T Approval Code: A15202032
    DC22: 944.04092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000, LIT004150
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SOC056000
    DC21: 944.04092
    LC subject heading:
    Libri: FRAN6816
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    LC classification: DC146.D83 R46 2013
    Thema V1.0: DS, DNB, JBSL, DNBH, NHD
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
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    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    10 August 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    TOM REISS is the author of the international bestseller "The Orientalist." He lives 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 ev