.
book book
Home awards catalogs newsletter calendar resources exam about
.



Search the Site
.


Enter keywords, ISBN, author, or book title

 
.
Search the Site

Art
Art
College Planning
Education and Teaching
Language and Literature
Foriegn Language Instruction
Performing Arts
Reference
Science and Mathematics
Social Studies
Test Prep
Writer's Workshop

Search the Site
.


Sign-up for the High School Newsletter:
   

.
Search the Site

.

online catalog --
--
title info
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
AWARDS
READ AN EXCERPT
TEACHER'S GUIDE
CONTENTS
order this title
ordering info for teachers
--
Email this Page
Print this Page
Search Again
--
The Black Count
Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo
Written by Tom Reiss

The Black Count
Enlarge View
.

Category: History - Europe - Western
Imprint: Crown
Format: Hardcover
Pub Date: September 2012
Price: $27.00
Can. Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-38246-7 (0-307-38246-X)
Pages: 432
Also available as an unabridged audio CD, unabridged audiobook download, eBook and a trade paperback.



 
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

By the author of the internationally bestselling biography The Orientalist, The Black Count brings to life one of history’s great forgotten heroes: a man almost unknown today yet with a personal story that is strikingly familiar. His swashbuckling exploits appear in The Three Musketeers, and his triumphs and ultimate tragic fate inspired The Count of Monte Cristo. His name is Alex Dumas. Father of the novelist Alexandre Dumas, Alex has become, through his son's books, the model for a captivating modern protagonist: the wronged man in search of justice.

Born to a black slave mother and a fugitive white French nobleman in Saint-Domingue (present-day Haiti), Alex Dumas was briefly sold into bondage but then made his way to Paris where he was schooled as a sword-fighting member of the French aristocracy.

He was only 32 when he was given command of 53,000 men, the reward for series of triumphs that many regarded as impossible, and then topped his previous feats by leading a raid up a frozen cliff face that secured the Alps for France. It was after his subsequent heroic service as Napoleon’s cavalry commander that Dumas was captured and cast into a dungeon–and a harrowing ordeal commenced that inspired one of the world’s classic works of fiction.

The Black Count is simultaneously a riveting adventure story, a lushly textured evocation of 18th-century France, and a window into the modern world’s first multi-racial society. But it is also a heartbreaking story of the enduring bonds of love between a father and son. Drawing on hitherto unknown documents, letters, battlefield reports and Dumas' handwritten prison diary, The Black Count is a groundbreaking masterpiece of narrative nonfiction.

"Teens interested in military history, particularly of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Era, will enjoy this book; the discussion of differences in slavery and the treatment of blacks in France and America is particularly enlightening." –School Library Journal



AWARDS

 
WINNER 2013 - Pulitzer Prize
FINALIST 2012 - National Book Critics Circle Awards
NOMINEE 2013 - NAACP Image Award
NOMINEE 2012 - Plutarch Award
WINNER 2013 - PEN/Jacqueline Bograd Weld Award for Biography
FINALIST 2013 - Phillis Wheatley Book Award



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
TOM REISS is the author of the celebrated international bestseller The Orientalist. His biographical pieces have appeared The New Yorker, The New York Times and other publications. He makes his home in New York City.





.
.
.
.
.
.