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    DescriptionThis title was the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Biography. Who was the real Count of Monte Cristo? In this extraordinary biography, Tom Reiss traces the almost unbelievable life of the man who inspired not only Monte Cristo, but all three of the Musketeers: the novelist's own father. Born in St Dominigue in 1762, the son of a French nobleman and a sugar plantation slave, General Alexandre Dumas did not have an auspicious start in life. Things got worse when his father sold him into slavery to pay his passage back to Normandy. But six months later, Dumas' fortunes changed. His father bought him out of slavery and raised him in France, where Dumas went to the nation's finest schools and fencing academies, and having enrolled in the army became known as France's most handsome and strongest soldier. By the time Napoleon invaded Egypt, Dumas was his top cavalry commander. But Napoleon was threatened by the physical prowess and popularity of this black nobleman. He engineered his disgrace and imprisonment, and to please the sugar growers reintroduced slavery. A brief flowering of freedom and equality was over and forgotten, but Dumas' legacy would live on in the novels of the son who adored him. Reiss tells this tale with magisterial authority. Long years of research have led him across Europe, the Caribbean and the Middle East in search of forgotten documents. He has journeyed through the Alps where Dumas scaled unscalable ice cliffs. He has walked the streets of Cairo where Dumas' intrepid cavalry charge is still remembered. The result is an enthralling book that entertains, astounds and triumphantly resurrects a lost hero from the world's first multiracial society.


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    Title
    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: 432
    Width: 159 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 672 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846556616
    ISBN 10: 1846556619
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLL, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF, 3JH
    BIC subject category V2: JWD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 17470
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010020, BIO000000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 3JF, 1DDF
    DC23: 944.04092
    Illustrations note
    Yes
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    HARVILL SECKER
    Publication date
    20 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in 1964, Tom Reiss is an American author and journalist who lives in New York. He is the author of The Orientalist, an acclaimed biography of Lev Nussimbaum (aka Kurban Said) which was shortlisted for the 2006 Samuel Johnson Prize.
    Review quote
    "Richly detailed, highly researched and completely absorbing... A triumph" -- Amanda Foreman "Totally thrilling... Brings to life one of history's great forgotten characters" -- Simon Sebag Montefiore "We believe we know the glories of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. We believe we understand the horror of slavery and the oppression of Africans. But what is the relationship between the grand goal of liberation and the deep tragedy of racism? As Reiss shows us, answers can be found in the extraordinary life of a forgotten French hero of the great revolutionary campaigns - a hero who was black" -- Timothy Snyder "Tom Reiss can do it all: gather startling research and write inspired prose; find life's great stories and then tell them with real brilliance. In The Black Count the master journalist-storyteller opens the door to the truth behind one of literature's most exciting stories, and opens it wide enough to show the delicate beauty of the lives within" -- Strauss, National Book Critics Circle Award winning author of Half a Life and Chang and Eng "A terrific story.(Reiss) is to be congratulated for retrieving such a splendid character from the dustbin of history" -- Dominic Sandbrook Sunday Times