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    The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

    by Tom Reiss

    Book Description

    Here is the remarkable true story of the real Count of Monte Cristo – a stunning feat of historical sleuthing that brings to life the forgotten hero who inspired such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.The real-life protagonist of The Black Count, General Alex Dumas, is a man almost unknown today yet with a story that is strikingly familiar, because his son, the novelist Alexandre Dumas, used it to create some of the best loved heroes of literature.Yet, hidden behind these swashbuckling adventures was an even more incredible secret: the real hero 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 was briefly sold into bondage but made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy. Enlisting as a private, he rose to command armies at the height of the Revolution, in an audacious campaign across Europe and the Middle East – 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. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son.

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    Review of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
    5.0 out of 5
    Fascinating book!
    A truly fascinating biography! For those who enjoy the "The Black Count" and "The Count of Monte Cristo", have a look at the brilliant new sequels written by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as Alexandre Dumas' original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) and "That Girl Started Her Own Country" (Book III). Price is $1.99 and $7.77 respectively, for the Kindle Editions. Both are riveting books from beginning to end, and worthy successors to the original. If, at the end of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and/or "The Black Count", you are left thirsting for more, I urge you to have a look at these fabulous sequels. Both books are available on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. But don't take my word for it - check out the many glowing 5 star reviews on the books, if you still need convincing! :) You can either look the books up, or copy and paste the following links into your browser: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sultan-Monte-Cristo-ebook/dp/B008HV55YA/ref. SECOND LINK: http://www.amazon.com/STARTED-COUNTRY-Count-Cristo-ebook/dp/B0094IH8HC/ref
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    alaska
    on November 03, 2012
    Review of The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss
    5.0 out of 5
    Fascinating book!
    A truly fascinating biography! For those who enjoy the novel "The Count of Monte Cristo", have a look at the brilliant new sequels written by the mysterious "Holy Ghost Writer". They are written in the same style as Alexandre Dumas' original, and are equally as gripping. Titled "The Sultan of Monte Cristo" (Book II) and "That Girl Started Her Own Country" (Book III). Price is $1.99 and $7.77 respectively, for the Kindle Editions. Both are riveting books from beginning to end, and worthy successors to the original. If, at the end of "The Count of Monte Cristo" and/or "The Black Count", you are left thirsting for more, I urge you to have a look at these fabulous sequels. Both books are available on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble. But don't take my word for it - check out the many glowing 5 star reviews on the books, if you still need convincing! :) You can either look the books up, or copy and paste the following links into your browser: http://www.amazon.com/The-Sultan-Monte-Cristo-ebook/dp/B008HV55YA/ref. SECOND LINK: http://www.amazon.com/STARTED-COUNTRY-Count-Cristo-ebook/dp/B0094IH8HC/ref
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    alaska
    on November 03, 2012
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