The Black Count

The Black Count

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

Audiobook CD - 2012
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He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face that secured the Alps for France. It was after his subsequent heroic service as Napoleon's cavalry commander that Dumas was captured and cast into a dungeon, and a harrowing ordeal commenced that inspired one of the world's classic works of fiction.
Publisher: [New York] : Random House Audio, p2012.
ISBN: 9780449012673
Branch Call Number: 944.04092 DUMAS-R
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.


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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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