The Black Count

The Black Count

[glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo]

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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.
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. 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." But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.

Publisher: New York : Books on Tape : Random House Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9780449012697
Branch Call Number: 944.04092
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 1/2 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Michael, Paul (Actor)


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Jan 31, 2017

Interesting family history. I have been so far off the pronunciation of this name for years, as are many. Certainly have loved Man in the Iron Mask.

ArapahoeLesley Nov 17, 2016

Who knew that Dumas' Daddio was a super general and was a great influence on his son's writings? This is a well written and well read look into the French Revolution and aftermath from the particular viewpoint of race politics. Napoleon just ruined everything but Dumas got some awesome fodder for his books from the trials of his father.

Jun 23, 2015

I would highly recommend this book. Tom Reiss went to a lot of trouble to find the information on Alexandre Dumas and the history gleaned from this is fascinating!! This is a book that I could re-read over and over.

Johna A Large Jun 21, 2014

This is the captivating true story of the grandfather of writer Alexandre Dumas, aka The Black Count. Born in San Domingue to a white father and a black woman. We discover that many of the extreme adventures the Black Count lived, writer Dumas recycles into his own fictional works. Fascinating history of slavery, racial mores, and the era of the French Revolution.

Mar 22, 2013

General Alex Dumas was a man with great timing, and then terrible timing. An extraordinary man who managed to live through the time (French Revolution) where his mixed race didn't keep him from advancing, and then the Napoleonic era when it suddenly did matter again. His son, the novelist, seemed to think he could do no wrong, and used many of the events in Dumas Sr.'s life as inspiration for his novels. Much of the book was very interesting, though there were some parts that lagged a bit. I especially appreciated the insights into the French Revolution, the disarray of the post-revolution bureaucracy and its views about spreading the revolution to other countries.


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