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MOBI É DOC The Black Count Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Ô EYLTRANSFERSERVICES ´ ➸ [Reading] ➺ The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo By Join or create book clubs ➭ – WIWINNER OF THE 2013 PULITZER PRIZE FOR BIOGRAPHYGeneral Alex Dumas is a man almost unknown today yethis story is strikingly familiarbecause his son the novelist Alexandre Dumas used his larger than life featsas inspiration for such classics as The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three MusketeersBut hidden behindGeneral Dumas'sswashbuckling adventures was an evenincredib This historical biography is based on the life of the famous author Alexandre Dumas’s father Thomas Alexandre known as Alex DumasAfter time spent in the War of the Polish Succession that ended in 1738 Frenchman Alexandre Antoine Davy de la Pailleterie a future maruis left France to seek his fortune in Saint Domingue the island of Hispaniola At that time the Spaniards owned Santo Domingo the east side of the island and the French owned the west Saint Domingue Haiti Because of sugar planting Saint Domingue was one of the wealthiest islands in the worldAntoine moved in with his younger brother Charles who had married well and became a well known sugar planter Antoine scrounged off his brother for a decade kept several slave mistresses and refused to work Charles and Antoine’s relationship ended violently Antoine fled with three of his brothers’ slaves one of which was his latest mistress To probably resist arrest Antoine moved up into the highlands a densely wooded mountains eventually settling in Jérémie an isolated area of Haiti There he changed his name to Antoine de l’Isle—Antoine of the islandAntoine purchased a mistress for a very high price Marie Cessette Dumas Marie Cessette bore him four children The eldest child was Antoine’s favorite Thomas Alexandre born in 1762 When Antoine returned to France he would eventually send for fifteen year old Thomas Alexandre Antoine sold Marie Cessette and their other three childrenIn France Antoine made sure his son was well educated Thomas Alexandre became an excellent swordsman As a young man Thomas Alexandre enlisted in the dragoons and rejected his father’s surname Davy de la Pailleterie and took his mother’s surname Dumas He would never again be known as Thomas Instead he used Alexandre Alex Dumas He even listed his father as Antoine DumasAs a Lieutenant Colonel Alex who was later commissioned as a General married Marie Louise Labouret of Villers Cotterets France They would have three children two daughters and Alexandre Dumas Jr their last child the future author was born 10 years laterThe book is filled with an enormous amount of French history some of which includes the shrewd General Bonaparte At one point General Dumas and Bonaparte fought together General Dumas sailed to Egypt with BonaparteGeneral Dumas appeared to be a loving husband and good father On the front he was a courageous strong minded intuitive leader unbiased toward his troops From his men he received much devotion and admiration His flaw was sometimes not using tact and being too critical He had high expectations of a soldier’s performance Yet his bold criticism toward inept superiors or those favored by superiors cost him promotions or unkindness later in lifeGeneral Napoleon showed farsightedness concerning his own future ambitions However he appeared to be intolerant of criticism expressed by General Dumas and inflated his own self importance when he and Dumas were generalsNapoleon was willing to cruelly exploit others for his own gain especially concerning the Rights of Man decree When Napoleon became emperor the law previously decreed by former King Louis XVI of France April 4 1792 which provided citizenship for all property owning free men of color on the islands became invalid in 1800 In France interracial marriages as well as interracial education were outlawed People of color who had lived free in France were to be rounded up and sent back to the colonies They could no longer live in Paris or the surrounding suburbs This appears like history repeating itself German citizens had experienced this during the Second World War and currently Dominicans of Haitian descent are being denied citizenship because of their place of birthWithout giving too much away this is a superb historical biography well written full of information and a pleasure to read The history in France and on the island Saint Domingue will amaze you I took my time reading this book Surprisingly Alexandre Dumas author of The Three Musketeers incorporated some of his father’s famous expeditions when writing his book The author Alexandre Dumas expresses a genuine tender love and admiration for his father General Dumas This book deserves five stars

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Le secrethe was the son of a black slavewho rose higher in the white world than any man of his race would before our own time Born in Saint Domingue now Haiti Alex Dumas made his way to Paris where herose to command armies at the height of the Revolutionuntil he met an implacable enemy he could not defeatThe Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story a I bought this book Black Count because it was on sale and I was intrigued by the subject matter The father of the author of The Count of Monte Chris to was a commanding officer in Revolutionary France? I has to check it outThe book was long and I had to take an occasional break to chew on it a bit but immersing myself into 18th century France and it's colonial holdings was fascinating The dynamics of French nobility moving to the Americas to find their fortune and do whatever they wanted with the natives and the slaves producing families at will and leaving them behind when they became an inconvenience well it was simply appalling Alex Dumas' father was needless to say a piece of work How General Dumas became such an honorable man with such a background is amazing to me I also especially enjoyed reading how the French Revolution tried to eradicate racism only to have it reinforced when Napoleon Bonaparte came to power I love reading about people of African descent in European history; it proves as my mother always says We've people of color have always been everywhere The Black Count by Reiss did not disappoint

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The Black Count Glory Revolution Betrayal and the Real Count of Monte CristoLushly textured evocation of 18th century France and a window into the modern worlds first multi racial societyTIME magazine called The Black Count one of those uintessentially human stories of strength and courage that sheds light on the historical moment that made itpossible But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son A fascinating account of the life of the original Alexander Dumas and his exploits as the most prominent man of colour in French revolutionary times Gives a not seen often account of the bad sides of Napoleon's character his petty mindedness and his overt racism It's a great read about a wonderful man's amazing and adventurous life Dumas should be reclaimed from oblivion and become a hero for our own time too A fascinating book Highly recommended