The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss

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The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo, by Tom Reiss

Post  Bookworm on Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:03 pm

It is difficult at times to tell if this is a biography of General Alex Dumas, Napoleon, or Dumas's son, who was only four years of age when his swashbuckling father died. It is also an excellent review of the life and times of the French Revolution, which easily becomes muddled when sorting out who killed whom and why.
The elder Dumas, whose illustrious career spanned the period from his birth in Haiti in 1762, to his military exploits in Paris and the Alps, the miseries of Alexandria and Cairo in Egypt, his incarceration in Taranto on the heel of Italy, and to his demise in the loving arms of his wife in 1806, allowing his son to sleep while he lay dying, is almost too good to be true.
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