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    DescriptionWho 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: Paperback
    Number of pages: 432
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 30 mm
    Weight: 564 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781846556623
    ISBN 10: 1846556627
    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
    Libri: ENGM1075
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15560
    Libri: ENGM2000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS013000, HIS010020, BIO006000, BIO000000
    Libri: FRAN6816
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027000, BIO008000
    BIC subject category V2: CVN
    DC23: 944.04092
    Edition statement
    Trade Paperback.
    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
    "A highly enjoyable mingling of scholarship and sleuthing." Paul Theroux "A wonderous tale, beautifully told...mesmerising, poignant and almost incredible." New York Times