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The Resource The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss

The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss

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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
Title
The Black Count
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glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
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Tom Reiss
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Language
eng
Summary
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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Traces the story of the mixed-race swordsman and father of novelist Alexandre Dumas, discussing his rise to the French aristocracy, his military triumphs ,and the adventures that inspired such classics as "The Three Musketeers" and "The Count of Monte Cristo."
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Award
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2012.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography, 2013.
Biography type
individual biography
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10316582
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DLC
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Reiss, Tom
Dewey number
944.04
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Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Dumas, Thomas Alexandre
  • Dumas, Alexandre
  • France
  • Generals
  • France
Target audience
adult
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glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
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The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: BOOK ONE -- ch. 1 The Sugar Factory -- ch. 2 The Black Code -- ch. 3 Norman Conquest -- ch. 4 "No One Is a Slave in France" -- ch. 5 Americans in Paris -- ch. 6 Black Count in the City of Light -- ch. 7 A Queen's Dragoon -- BOOK TWO -- ch. 8 Summers of Revolution -- ch. 9 "Regeneration by Blood" -- ch. 10 "The Black Heart Also Beats for Liberty" -- ch. 11 "Mr. Humanity" -- ch. 12 The Battle for the Top of the World -- ch. 13 The Bottom of the Revolution -- ch. 14 The Siege -- ch. 15 The Black Devil -- BOOK THREE -- ch. 16 Leader of the Expedition -- ch. 17 "The Delirium of His Republicanism" -- ch. 18 Dreams on Fire -- ch. 19 Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army -- ch. 20 "Citizeness Dumas ... Is Worried About the Fate of Her Husband" -- ch. 21 The Dungeon -- ch. 22 Wait and Hope
Control code
000049139448
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 414 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846556623
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
maps
Label
The Black Count : glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo, Tom Reiss
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: BOOK ONE -- ch. 1 The Sugar Factory -- ch. 2 The Black Code -- ch. 3 Norman Conquest -- ch. 4 "No One Is a Slave in France" -- ch. 5 Americans in Paris -- ch. 6 Black Count in the City of Light -- ch. 7 A Queen's Dragoon -- BOOK TWO -- ch. 8 Summers of Revolution -- ch. 9 "Regeneration by Blood" -- ch. 10 "The Black Heart Also Beats for Liberty" -- ch. 11 "Mr. Humanity" -- ch. 12 The Battle for the Top of the World -- ch. 13 The Bottom of the Revolution -- ch. 14 The Siege -- ch. 15 The Black Devil -- BOOK THREE -- ch. 16 Leader of the Expedition -- ch. 17 "The Delirium of His Republicanism" -- ch. 18 Dreams on Fire -- ch. 19 Prisoner of the Holy Faith Army -- ch. 20 "Citizeness Dumas ... Is Worried About the Fate of Her Husband" -- ch. 21 The Dungeon -- ch. 22 Wait and Hope
Control code
000049139448
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
ix, 414 p.
Form of item
regular print reproduction
Isbn
9781846556623
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
maps

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