The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo (2012)

Tom Reiss’ story of the real Count of Monte Cristo highlights the Black History behind The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Haitian-born General Alex Dumas (1762-1806) is best remembered because his French-born son, Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870), authored the European classics named above. This book tells the true story of General Dumas, the son of a White man and a Black slave, who was enslaved in his youth and later became a commander of armies and a decorated member of the French aristocracy.

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