If you listen to the audiobook it doesn't feel as long; even so, I was thoroughly engrossed from beginning to end. The Black Count is a triumph.”—Amanda Foreman, New York Times bestselling author of A World on Fire and Georgiana “It’s hard to imagine a more colorful or engaging subject than the man who inspired The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. But what is the relationship between the grand goal of liberation and the deep tragedy of racism? This is exactly the kind of book I love and want there to be more of. (Reiss also notes that the revolution outlawed antisemitism, which likewise returned under the Empire.) I had no idea he was a man of colour, the son of a slave and a white aristocrat. This book caught my attention for three reasons: Honestly fascinating and hitherto fully neglected, the hook of this biography is appropriately fantastic. As he did in The Orientalist, Tom Reiss has traveled far to stalk a forgotten legend, and has recovered for us a vivid, dramatic tale that delights, moves, and inspires.”—Gideon Lewis-Kraus, author of A Sense of Direction “The Black Count is totally thrilling—a fascinating, beautifully written, and deeply researched biography that brings to life one of history’s great forgotten characters: the swashbuckling, flamboyant, and romantic mulatto count whose true life belongs in a Hollywood movie or Alexandre Dumas story.”—Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Jerusalem: The Biography and Young Stalin “Tom Reiss tells the incredible story of Alex Dumas with the same excitement about uncovering history that he brought to The Orientalist.”—Nina Burleigh, New York Times bestselling author of Mirage: Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt  “We believe we know the glories of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Jones concluded his review by stating that, like Dumas's son, "Reiss has written a swashbuckling tale of his own. Then he incurred the rancour of Napoleon, who effectively pushed him out of the army. This is one of them.”—Ebony “Reiss details the criminal forgetting of Alex Dumas…This remarkable book stands as his monument.”—Washington Post “Superb… as improbable and exciting as [Dumas’s] best books… but there is much more to this book than that.”  —Newsweek/The Daily Beast “Lush prose and insightful details make The Black Count one of the best biographies of 2012…a tale that is as easily engrossing as one of Dumas’ page-turning and timeless works.”—Essence “Impressively thorough…Reiss moves the story on at an entertaining pace…fascinating.”—Wall Street Journal “To tell this tale, Reiss must cover the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, and the rise of Napoleon toward Empire; he does all that with remarkable verve.”—Boston Globe “Fascinating [and] swashbuckling…meticulously evokes the spirit of Revolutionary and Napoleonic France…Dumas comes across as something of a superhero…a monument to the lives of both Dumas and his adoring [novelist] son.”—The Seattle Times “A piece of detective work by a prize-winning author…brilliantly researched.”—The Daily Mail (U.K.) “Sometimes real life does, indeed, trump even the wildest of fiction…With a narrative that is engaging and entertaining, Reiss sets the literary table for one of the most satisfying adventure stories of the autumn.

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