Michael McLean's Reviews > The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

The Black Count by Tom Reiss
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May 20, 2012

it was amazing

You won't find this one at the bookstore quite yet. I was lucky to get an ARC from the Random House rep at my local independent bookseller and it was one fascinating book. I had no idea that Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo among others was the son of General Alex Dumas, himself the son of a Haitian slave and a French aristocrat. Born in St. Domingue, general Dumas rose to head Napoleon 's cavalry during the invasion of Egypt among many other things. I won't give away any more of the story but suffice to say it was fascinating. Dumas pere is clearly the inspiration for his son's heroes. Mix in the French Revolution and the racial overtones and it's a stirring read. I believe it's due out in the Fall. Look for it.
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