The Black Count

Tom Reiss 
<b>WINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHY</b><br /><br />General Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today, yet&#xa0;his story is strikingly familiar<b>—</b>because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used his larger-than-life feats&#xa0;as inspiration for such classics as <i>The Count of Monte Cristo</i> and <i>The Three Musketeers</i>.<br /><br />But, hidden behind&#xa0;General Dumas's&#xa0;swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret:&#xa0;he was the son of a black slave<b>—</b>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&#xa0;rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution<b>—</b>until he met an implacable enemy he could not defeat.<br /><br />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.<i> TIME</i> magazine called <i>The Black Count</i> "one of those quintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made it&#xa0;possible." But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.&#xa0;&#xa0;
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