How the Son of a Haitian Slave Became a French General

The Black Count book coverThe Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss, details the life of Alex Dumas – father of the famed French novelist Alexandre Dumas. The elder Dumas inspired much of his son’s most famous work, such as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He began his life as the son of a blackguard aristocrat and a slave woman in Saint-Domingue and rose to the rank of general over 50,000 men in the French Army. Reiss has created a fascinating page-turner out of one of history’s forgotten heroes – whose downfall came only after Napoleon himself began to get jealous of this dashing, talented Dumas fellow.